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    Shockwave Therapy

    Shockwave Therapy or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is a non-invasive treatment method with multi-disciplinary usage. The technique enables speedy recovery restoring faster mobility by stimulating the cells of the affected area and the body’s natural healing process with energy pulses. The method also offers quicker pain relief. It is used by different branches of medicine, including sports medicine, orthopedics, urology, physiotherapy, veterinary medicine, and more.

    In which medical conditions is Shockwave Therapy used?

    SWT is primarily used for conditions that impact medium or large tendons alongside bone insertions or musculoskeletal disorders like:

    • Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis
    • Golfer’s Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis
    • Osteoarthritis in the knee

    Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

    • Morton’s Neuroma
    • Chronic Stress
    • Jumper’s Knee or Patellar Tendinosis
    • Non-union Fractures or long bone fractures
    • Hip Pain
    • Calcifications 
    • Achilles Tendonopathy
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Head Spur 
    • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis 
    • Adhesive capsulitis
    • Insertional Pain
    • Avascular necrosis of femoral head

    Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

    There are various reasons why practitioners and patients progressively prefer SWT. These are:

    • It is a non-invasive, non-surgical method.
    • The process has no side effects.
    • The therapy helps improve blood circulation that works effectively in the regeneration of damaged tissues. Thus, SWT accelerates healing.
    • The procedure is simple and non-complicated.
    • It is affordable.

    Treatment Options at 7DMC

    The Department of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at 7DMC has qualified and experienced sports medicine doctors with expertise in non-surgical methods. We have a team for the comprehensive treatment of patients, including our doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncture specialists, and rehabilitation experts. 

    The therapy uses high-energy sound waves to treat the affected areas. Issues related to muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and capsules are effectively treated with SWT. High-energy acoustic waves are focused on painful spots. The cell membrane permeability and metabolism in the cells are increased. As a result, numerous cavitation bubbles are formed. These bubbles aid in the breakdown of calcific deposits. Acoustic waves also promote bone healing, connective tissue healing, reparative care, and bone regeneration. SWT also reduces pain using the hyperstimulation anesthetic technique and the gate-control system.

    Shockwaves have three characteristics:

    • High amplitude
    • Non-periodicity, and
    • Jump pressure change.

    In the device, kinetic energy is created by the compression of air. It travels from the projectile to the applicator’s tip, then to the transmitter, and finally to the tissue. At 7DMC, the method of application of SWT follows these steps:

    • Gel, in sufficient quantity, is applied to the area. The gel helps in the smooth delivery of acoustic waves to the site.
    • The Shockwave Applicator is applied and pressed to the area.

    Our experts also advise the restrictions post-treatment, like refraining from physical activity using the treated area for forty-eight hours. They also help patients relax and understand the immediate consequences of the treatment, like slight discomfort. With our experts, patients can look at holistic therapy in no time.


    Frequently asked questions

    It is recommended that you do not do any activities that can cause stress for the treated area for at least one day after the treatment. Even if you don’t have any pain or other issues, it is advisable not to do anything that causes stress to the treated area for at least 24 hours.

    The number of treatments depends on the tissue response. In most cases, you can get relief in 3-5 sessions. Sometimes, you can observe considerable improvements just after one session.

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