Charleston Sports Medicine has brought a new form of technology into their office- EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy) but more frequently referenced as Shockwave. This technology is the Storz Medical Orthopulse 100, an evidence-backed unit distributed by Curamedix, the American distributor of Storz. Storz is a reputable Swiss company known for the success and evidence found in the trial of their products. 

Shockwave therapy was designed to treat injuries such as Plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, Achiiles tendonitis, patellar tendinopathy, lower limb tendinopathy, medial tibial stress, proximal hamstring tendinopathy, critical limb ischemia, rotator cuff tendonitis, tennis elbow, lateral epicondylitis, bicipital tenosynovitis and other ailments. Treatment is done by generating acoustic pressure waves through a wand that is applied to the affected area. Shockwave mildly irritates the body cells without harming them by emitting pulses into the affected area to trigger a metabolic response. This response increases blood flow to the injured area and supplies it with more oxygen to improve healing. The benefits of Shockwave therapy include a decrease in pain, reduced inflammation, and a faster regeneration of tissue. Shockwave provides significant to complete relief of the injured area and is an effective alternative to getting surgery (depending on the severity of the case). Physicians can use it to treat new or chronic pain.

Patients should expect treatment to last 15 minutes per session, but time is dependent on the affected area’s size, location, and severity. Significant discomfort is not to be expected during or after the procedure, but light bruising or mild soreness can be present for a few days following treatment. Shockwave is performed weekly with a minimum expectation of 3 sessions, but patients may need more sessions to achieve optimal relief. Severe cases can require up to 12 sessions; however, each treatment plan is case-dependent based on patient needs. 

To schedule your consultation for Shockwave, visit charlestonsportsmed.com or call (843) 284-5200.

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