What is Shockwave Therapy?

Also referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy or ESWT, it is a non-surgical and non-invasive therapy administered to a muscle or tendon through the skin with a handheld device similar to an ultrasound wand, utilizing the power of acoustic pressure waves to trigger the body’s natural healing cascade.

The therapy initiates processes for biological regeneration, typically at the cellular level. The treatment applies frequent, short, and high-intensity bursts of energy into the injured, scarred, or inflamed tissue.

If you have ever struggled with a sports injury, Shockwave therapy can help by stimulating the body’s ability to regenerate new tissues. It also significantly reduces your pain by directly stimulating the nerves at the injury site—studies reveal over 90% of patient satisfaction with the treatment.

It is often prescribed as a treatment for patients with golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, or pulled hamstring. It is also administered to patients with erectile dysfunction or who are experiencing pain in their soft tissues, such as plantar fasciitis – a painful condition that affects the heels of the feet.

Shockwave Therapy for Joint pain

Medium-intensity (MI) shock waves have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and are used to treat various of orthopedic conditions, such as tendonitis, non-union fractures, and bursitis.

At Beyond Stem Cells, we use Shockwave Therapy to treat erectile dysfunction and several orthopedic conditions, including:

  • Shoulder and knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Hip pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Arthritis of knees, shoulders, hips, neck, and back.

If you are suffering from Chronic joint pain, find out if you are a good candidate for Shockwave Therapy by scheduling your free consultation with our specialists today!

Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

Low Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (LI-ESWT) is a novel modality recently used for treating erectile dysfunction (ED). Unlike other treatment options available for ED, all of which are termed palliative in nature, LI-ESWT is quite unique in that it aims to restore the erectile mechanism to help enable natural or spontaneous erections.

Studies have shown that Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy (ESWT) has been clinically investigated and applied in several medical fields with various degrees of success. The results of our studies, which also included a double-blind, randomized control trial, confirm that LI-ESWT generates a significant clinical improvement in erectile function and a significant improvement in penile hemodynamics without any adverse effects. The management of ED has remarkably evolved during the last decade, and achieving high-quality erections has become reasonably simple for some men with ED since the introduction of Shockwave Therapy.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy’s uses have grown since this treatment was invented more than 50 years ago. Researchers have continued to discover new ways to use low-intensity shockwaves to help patients deal with pain and regenerate the tissue. If you have a musculoskeletal condition, Shockwave therapy could be of benefit to you in the following ways:

  • Quick and efficient treatment sessions. You can continue to live your everyday life while you receive shockwave therapy for bursitis, plantar fasciitis, or tennis elbow. There is no need to set aside any time for recovery
  • It is an ideal treatment for athletes who do not want or need surgery for chronic pain or injuries.
  • Eliminates the calcium buildup that often eventually leads to small tears and injury to tendons.
  • It is a less expensive and less invasive option compared to surgery.
  • Shockwave therapy offers a middle-ground treatment that help the soft tissues regenerate.
  • It helps to accelerate the body’s natural healing process
  • Ideal for effective use in rehabilitation and relief of injuries and pain

 

Shockwave therapy has also been FDA-approved as a treatment for lateral tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis, giving patients hope.

How Shockwave Therapy Works

Shockwave therapy speeds up the body’s healing process by triggering the metabolism and boosting blood circulation to repair damaged tissues. Powerful pulses of energy or acoustic waves are introduced upon the painful area.

These pulses take place for relatively short periods, producing bubbles of micro-cavitation that would expand and rupture. The force that all these bubbles cause will penetrate the tissue and induce the cells in the body responsible for repairing the bone and connective tissues.

A Shockwave machine will send acoustic waves or pulses that help stimulate the increase in production of the body’s collagen, dissolve excess calcium, alter chronic inflammation, facilitate faster tissue recovery, enhance tissue metabolism, and boost bone strength

Are you a good fit for Shockwave Therapy?

Anyone with erectile dysfunction or acute or chronic injury that usually involves a muscle or tendon can be a good fit, provided they are assessed first by a therapist specializing in Shockwave therapy.

Before getting the treatment, it is recommended to consult with our specialist if you fall under any of the categories below:

 

  • Are pregnant
  • If you are taking anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Naproxen, Advil), blood thinners
  • Have active cancer cells.
  • If the affected area is near the lungs or brain
  • If you have any bleeding disorder

At Beyond Stem Cells, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with our specialist to determine if you are a good fit for Shockwave Therapy.