Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is used to treat chronic heel pain (plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome). During this non-invasive surgical procedure, sonic waves are directed at the area of pain using a device similar to that currently used in non-surgical treatment of kidney stones."Extracorporeal" means "outside of the body," and refers to this non-invasive surgical procedure in which strong sound waves are directed at the area of heel pain.
Shock Wave Therapy is prescribed for patients who have experienced plantar fasciitis for an extended period of time -- six months or more -- and have not benefited from other conservative treatments. The brief procedure lasts about 10 minutes and is performed without an injection or needles. Strong focused sound waves are directed at and penetrate the painful heel area to stimulate a healing response by the body. ESWT is performed on an outpatient basis and usually requires 3 treatments. The procedure is virtually painless and very safe.
This therapy is a safe and effective alternative treatment for heel pain and only requires a very short recovery time, mainly due to the elimination of costly and invasive surgical procedures. Contact us today to receive more information or to discuss the treatment options for extracorporeal shock wave therapy. You can also click on shockwave for Heel pain/Fascitis to you right for additional information.
People who are not candidates for ESWT include pregnant women and individuals with pacemakers, or people taking medications that interfere with blood clotting (such as Coumadin).
Call our office for more information or to set up a consultation with Dr. Patel to see if you can benefit from this innovative treatment option.