What happens after a shockwave procedure?
Patients can feel a significant difference after a session of treatment, Walking or driving after a session is typically not a problem, but patients are advised to reduce their level of physical activity for one to two weeks.
To prevent certain conditions from worsening, proper footwear with orthotic arch support may be recommended by the podiatrist. If necessary, sports tape may also be applied to secure and support the treated area.
How many treatments are needed?
In general, an average of 3 to 5 shockwave sessions are needed. These sessions are performed at weekly intervals. However, the number of treatments needed is dependent on factors such as the condition being treated, patient medical profile, and patient compliance.
The main complications are pain and hypersensitivity at the site of treatment. This should steadily resolve within a couple of days. Pain and disability may persist if the patient aggravates the pre-existing condition with too much physical activity right after treatment.
Is this a substitute for surgery?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment which can help the patient achieve cure without surgery. The response to treatment can vary based on the individual. When conservative treatment options are exhausted, surgery may be what is needed.
Who should avoid this therapy?
Complications are infrequent with proper application of shockwave therapy by experienced healthcare providers.
Patients who are pregnant, taking anticoagulants or have blood clotting disorders should not undergo shockwave therapy. If you have had a corticosteroid (cortisone) injection at the site of pain in the past six weeks, please inform your podiatrist. ESWT is not advised in patients with cancer.
This list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions or concerns, please check with your physician before undergoing shockwave therapy.
Is shockwave covered by insurance?
This depends on the insurance policy. You may discuss this with our podiatrist or enquire first with your insurance provider.
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