Between 15 – 20 minutes.
What are the focal shock waves
They are high pressure and high energy sound waves that promote biological changes for the recovery of damaged tissues.
They have been used in urology for more than 35 years to disintegrate kidney stones (lithotripsy), and for 30 years with GREAT SUCCESS in musculoskeletal pathologies such as plantar fasciitis-fasciosis and calcifying tendinopathies.
Types of shock waves depending on:
High Energy:allows to project the sound wave in depth to reach injured tissues that are at a significant depth from the skin.
Medium-Low Energy: allows to treat superficial or medium depth lesions.
Radial or defocused: their zone of maximum therapeutic efficacy is on the surface, close to the skin.
Focal: its zone of maximum therapeutic efficacy is located in depth, allowing to penetrate more or less in the tissues by varying the intensity in the device parameters.
What does a shockwave session consist of?
A shockwave session starts with the exact localization of the painful area through the use of ultrasound (not all centers that use this technique rely on the use of ultrasound equipment for diagnosis and treatment to obtain maximum precision). Gel is then applied to the injured area and treatment is started.
What should I expect in the days following the treatment?
After the treatment there is usually a slight discomfort that usually lasts 24-48 hours and are very similar to the stiffness that appears after doing high intensity sports.
Can I do sports after the treatment?
In many cases, sports activity can be started after 24 hours, but each case must be assessed on a personalized basis since many injuries require control of the loads and efforts for proper recovery.
How many sessions do I need?
It depends on each injury but it usually ranges between 1 and 6 sessions that are usually necessary.
How much time should pass between sessions?
1 week is usually the usual
Why is it convenient to perform an ultrasound prior to the application of Shock Waves?
When using a high power Focal equipment it is essential to direct the sound wave just to the lesion focus to guarantee the maximum impact on the injured tissue and therefore the maximum therapeutic effectiveness.
Otherwise, a large part of the energy generated by the sound wave would be lost in the environment of the lesion, reducing the desired therapeutic effectiveness.
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