Focused shock waves are mechanical waves, high energy, they get dissolve calcium deposits in addition to reducing inflammation in cases of chronic tendinitis - and therefore pain.
The treatment consists of between 3 to 5 sessions, with an interval of seven days. It locates the area to be treated by high-resolution ultrasound. Some notable aspects of this technique are:
- No need advance preparation and application of local anesthesia.
- No side effects.
- No normal activity except sport, so atrophy and loss of muscle tone is avoided limited.
Completed treatment, the specialist in rheumatology follows up with revisions month, three and six months (with functional and pain scales).
Applications focused shock waves
Focalized shock waves are indicated in:
- Epicondylitis, known as tennis elbow.
- Epitrocleitis, known as golfer 's elbow.
- Trochanteritis (inflammation of the tendons trochanter where the buttocks are inserted).
- Patellar tendinitis (inflammation of the patellar tendon, knee).
- Achilles tendinitis (inflammation of the Achilles tendon at its insertion point in the calcaneus).
- Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the fascia, with or without heel spurs).
- In nonunion (delay fracture healing and stress fractures).
Advantages and disadvantages of focused shock waves
- Improves tendon physiology, eliminating calcium deposits and creating new blood vessels.
- Outpatient treatment in consultation.
- It allows rapid incorporation labor and sports.
- It is an effective alternative to surgery.
- Antiinflammatory required and therefore is the most suitable option for patients with digestive and cardiovascular diseases.
- No side effects - of relevance (tolerable pain during treatment).