What is Shockwave?
Shockwave is a non-surgical office treatment to help heal painful musculoskeletal conditions. It is also called Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and one common type of Shockwave treatment is extracorporeal pulsed-activity therapy (EPAT). EPAT is the type of shockwave therapy performed at Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center.
How does it work?
EPAT (Shockwave therapy) is an exciting, non-invasive alternative to surgery that is available at Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center for treatment for heel pain from many common conditions. Shockwave treatment uses pressure waves focused on the site of the pain or injury to stimulate the body's own natural healing mechanisms, "jump-starting" the healing process. It may also help to heal damaged tissue.
What is it useful for?
Shockwave is useful primarily for heel pain from plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. It can also be useful for treatment for heel pain syndrome, posterior tibial tendinitis, peroneal tendinitis, stress fractures and non-union of the foot fractures, or pain in the ball of the foot.
Does it work?
There have been a large number of medical studies which support the use of this treatment. Over 82% of patients report less or no heel pain after Shockwave treatment. It has been approved for use by the FDA, and our doctors have been utilizing Shockwave therapy to treat heel pain from plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis for over 10 years.
Is it safe?
The safety of this procedure is proven. If done by a qualified provider, the procedure has virtually no risks or side effects, since there is no medication, surgery, injections, or anesthesia administered. Complications are extremely low.
What are the benefits of Shockwave?
There are a number of benefits to Shockwave treatment. It is a non-invasive procedure—which means there is no cutting of the skin. It also requires no anesthesia, not even any numbing medicine. This means no time out of work or down-time following the procedure. Shockwave is also relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the cost of surgery. There is no post-treatment pain medication needed, and the treatment is fast, safe, and effective.
What is the Shockwave experience like?
Generally 3-5 treatments are performed on a weekly basis, and each one takes approximately 10 minutes, depending on the area treated and the amount of inflammation present. It can be performed in a standard treatment room and no special pretreatment medicines or preparations are necessary. No anesthesia is required, and most individuals tolerate the treatment well without medication or injections, before or after.
How do I decide if Shockwave is right for me?
For most medical conditions, a plan of conservative treatment is generally done first. If this is unsuccessful, you can discuss Shockwave treatment with your doctor. Sometimes recurrent problems can be treated immediately with Shockwave therapy. You and your Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center doctor can make this decision together.
What is the cost of Shockwave?
Shockwave is not covered by insurance. Your insurance will not be filed for the Shockwave treatment, and payment is due at the time of treatment. Shockwave costs $150 per treatment. An office visit—where you will be diagnosed and the doctor will determine whether or not Shockwave is right for you—will incur a regular doctor visit fee, separate from the Shockwave fee.
How can I find out more about Shockwave?
There are many sites and articles about Shockwave therapy available. These can further explain what Shockwave therapy does and share proven results of Shockwave therapy on other patients. Here are a few we suggest looking at:
The foot doctors at Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center can also answer questions about this successful treatment for heel pain. Call us at (919) 850-9111 to schedule an appointment and learn more about your options for Shockwave therapy for heel pain from plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
Need to know more about treatment for heel pain and plantar fasciitis? Visit our plantar fasciitis page or our Achilles tendinitis page.
To find out whether nor not you qualify for Shockwave treatment and to begin your treatment, call Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors at (919) 850-9111 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form.