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Shockwave or Focused Shockwave (FSW) therapy is a targeted technology used to address chronic and acute pain conditions. It is an advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA. This technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process.

Generally, FSW can be used to treat acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions that significantly impair mobility or quality of life including:

  • Foot and heel pain
  • Achilles pain
  • Tendon and/or tendon insertion pain
  • Neuromas
  • Trigger points
  • Chronic or acute muscle and tendon conditions

Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it usually takes 4-6 weeks for healing and pain relief to begin. The procedure is performed right in the office and most patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.

Typically, coupling gel is applied to the treatment area of interest to enhance effectiveness. Then the FSW pressure waves are released via the applicator and moved over the area of interest. Treatment sessions take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, 3-5 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.

This FDA-cleared technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the globe. Extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.

The non-invasive treatment has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may experience minor discomfort which may continue for a few days. It is normal to have some residual pain after intense exercise or a full day of work.The safety and effectiveness of this procedure has not been determined on people with the following health conditions:

  • Malignancies
  • DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Your physician will provide you with information about how these and other conditions might affect the determination to perform the Focused Shockwave treatment procedures and whether you are a candidate.

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