Do you have an injury to your ligament or tendon that doesn’t seem to be getting better? Experiencing sharp pain or discomfort at the bottom of your heel or Achilles tendon that disrupts your daily activities? ESWT can be used to improve healing rates.
In every person, there are nerve fibers that releases substances causing pain AND numbs pain (C-nerve fibers producing Substance P). This is very similar to when someone eats a red hot chilli pepper (or cili padi)! Imagine the feeling of initially having your mouth on fire, then feeling like it’s gone completely numb.
Research has indicated that ESWT works quite the same way. When activated, the C-nerve fibers releases pain-causing substances in the tissue, which is responsible for causing slight discomfort during and after ESWT treatments. However, with prolonged activation, C-nerve fibers become incapable of releasing Substance P, and causes reduction of pain for a period of time. The kinetic energy delivered also helps the release of growth factors and the activation of stem cells in the treated tissue.
In layman terms, ESWT helps to reduce pain by numbing the nerve and facilitates healing by improving blood supply to the area of injury. It is for this reason, it has the ability to effectively treat multiple tendon or ligament injuries which have little blood supply.
As mentioned above, it is normal to feel pain during ESWT and to feel sore after. That’s why we normally ice after treatment. Treatment lasts for approximately 5 minutes, depending on the area being treated, and may be followed by rehabilitation to further encourage healing.
Here’s a video showing how our non-surgical, non-invasive ESWT works.