1st in Orange County to Utilize PiezoWave Technology
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) was first introduced in 1980 as a non-invasive tool for breaking down kidney stones and gallstones. Today, it is commonly used in clinics to treat pain in the muscles, tendons, or joints. Many scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of the quick and simple procedure in conditions like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, chronic back pain, and more. With no risks and a high success rate, ESWT is a preferred alternative to surgery or painkillers.
ESWT involves the use of high-energy acoustic sound waves to target the tissue at varying depths. In doing so, the tissue is able to be compressed and manipulated, resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage that can lead to increased circulation and pain relief.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy refers to the treatment of myofascial trigger points, or “knots,” that are found in the muscles and fascia. These trigger points are painful, tense areas that can be found anywhere in the body and play a significant role in causing musculoskeletal pain.
The PiezoWave 2, combines orthopedic applications of ESWT with the applications of myofascial trigger point, which are highly efficient, non-surgical treatments for chronic pain in the musculoskeletal system.
ESWT offers a significant expansion of the range of applications for myofascial pain syndrome. The extracorporeal, focused shock wave allows precise diagnosis and therapy of active and latent trigger points that are thickened, pain-sensitive points within a usually tense muscle.
There are several benefits to using ESWT. Because it is a simple, non-invasive substitute for surgeries or prescription drugs, it is an easy and accessible solution for many chronic conditions. It encourages healing by breaking apart calcifications that can form from trauma to the tendon. ESWT also stimulates the production of collagen, which is necessary for repairing damaged musculoskeletal structures. It gives physical therapist another tool for healing that comes with a relatively fast and easy recovery. At worst, patients may experience some soreness or swelling in the area a few days following the treatment. This is a sign that the body is healing itself as the therapy has encouraged. ESWT also allows for athletes and other patients to quickly address musculoskeletal injuries efficiently so they can get back to play.
How it Works
The PiezoWave2 delivers mechanical energy in the form of sound waves to target tissue, including tenocytes in tendons, fibroblasts in ligaments and skin, osteocytes in bone, chondrocytes in articular cartilage, and endothelial cells in blood vessels, which are all highly responsive to mechanical energy. A handheld device is used to send low energy acoustic waves through the skin by way of a conducting gel.
The PiezoWave2 then localizes trigger points, delivering highly focused acoustic pulses that penetrate precisely to the desired depth. Penetration depths of between 0.5mm and 3 cm are possible, depending on the therapy source. This facilitates cellular repair by increasing blood flow and reducing pain.