Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy sounds like something from a sci-fi novel written in the 1950s, but it’s actually a very current, non-surgical procedure Dr. Tortland uses to treat tendinitis, sprains, strains, muscle injuries, and other sources of chronic pain. It relies on the rapid application of high-intensity pulses of mechanical energy to break up scar tissue, enhance blood flow, and accelerate tissue healing.
Over the years, Dr. Tortland has used ESWT to successfully treat:
A single ESWT treatment takes about 15 minutes in total. A small device is placed against the problem area, and it creates directed mechanical energy that applies and reapplies pressure in a very concentrated spot, almost like a small massage set on fast forward. The patient will only feel a quick tapping sensation.
Some patients experience immediate relief after a single session, but for most, six or more treatments are necessary to achieve the highest quality result. These are recommended to occur about one to two times a week. One of the other great things about ESWT is that it can be easily combined with other treatments we offer to accelerate its effects.