Soft tissue injuries can be effectively treated with this therapy. There is now requirement of hospital stay and the down time is minimal as the therapy does not involve any needle. It may be painful for some patients though for most it is tolerable. Before going for this therapy it is necessary to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis. Always go for it under a licensed practitioner.Plantar fasciitis is an orthopedic condition which affects the heel bone and the arch of foot.
The irritation to the tissue of this area results in pain beneath the heel. The pain is not always there. Rather it happens only after walking or standing for long hours. Some people find relief in common treatments, like shoe inserts and anti-inflammatory medicine. But there are others who cannot find relief in regular treatments. Chronic plantar fasciitis makes it difficult for them to stand or walk. For them more aggressive kind of treatment is needed as regular treatment is no use for them.While surgeons can operate to fix this condition, it is always left as the last option. Not only because of less success may rate but there be problems due to side effects. Now ESWT or extracorporeal shock wave therapy is being widely used to treat plantar fasciitis. Even people with chronic condition can be treated with this therapy.
Shock wave therapy:
The affected area is targeted with high or low energy shock waves. Low energy shock wave can cause mild pain while high energy shock wave can cause so much pain that it requires anesthesia. Orthopedic doctors usually prefer low energy wave and two to four sessions for treating patients. And shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis is now widely popular. Though there have been successful results, the exact work procedure is not known. Possibly, the microtrauma from the therapy triggers healing response which increases the formation of bloodvessels. These vessels carry more nutrients to the affected parts.
ESWT for plantar fasciitis:
FDA gave approval in 2000 after first successful use on 1996. Though all studies have not shown the same effectiveness, surgeons still prefer this option when regular treatment fails. They try to avoid surgery as much as possible. Surgeries have shown some complications which are not involved in shock wave therapy. There is fear of infection, pain and wound in surgery while shockwave therapy is noninvasive. Though all patients are not equally relieved of the symptoms, shockwave therapy is still considered to be a desirable option.