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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

This form of therapy has an excellent track record in treating muscle and tendon injuries. Classical indications are calcific tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and chronic inflammation of the Achilles tendon as well as tennis elbow.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is also widely used in what is referred to as trigger-point therapy.

According to surveys, more than eighty percent of patients are pain-free after just three or four applications.

This therapy has its origins in pulverising kidney stones by lithotripsy, and satisfies the highest scientific efficacy and documentation standards for classical indications.

Principle

Not to be confused with ultrasound therapy, the pressure waves generated penetrate the injured region of the body at a high level of energy, stimulating physical and biochemical healing processes.

Chronically degenerate tissue as well as fresh lesions are remodelled for healing. As an analogy, it would be as if the shock waves were to tear up an old road surface to be resurfaced by the body itself. However, this requires a physiological healing phase – known as the proliferative phase – of six weeks to three months.

The therapy requires three to five sessions at fifteen minutes each at weekly intervals. The fifth session is followed by a one-month rest period after which the healing process is assessed. No additional treatment is necessary in more than eighty percent of cases.

The extent of the injury determines weightbearing capacity, and you may well be able to continue training during the therapy cycle. Fresh injuries as well as injuries due to improper weightbearing respond especially rapidly and well. We often see athletes with a positive history using this therapy coming in for treatment of mild symptoms that only require one or two sessions.

Costs

Despite scientifically based evidence, this therapy is not yet recognised and covered by the national healthcare system. We would be happy to apply for cost coverage from your private insurance company or supplementary insurance plan.

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