Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

Dr. Binh Nguyen of Cedar Chiropractic & Sports in Hopkinton, MA, offers his patients innovative extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT). Unlike traditional surgery, ESWT is an alternative outpatient treatment that is painless and non-invasive.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) or Extracorporeal pulse activation therapy (EPAT) is a therapeutic treatment method which is highly effective at treating a variety of soft tissue injuries such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and Achilles tendinopathy, among many others.

Shockwave ESWT / EPAT was originally developed in the 1970s as a method for treating kidney stones. Known as lithotripsy, the method involved the use of acoustic shockwaves to break up the calcified stones, thus avoiding the need for painful and invasive surgery. However, clinicians soon discovered that patients were also experiencing the improvement or eradication of other non-related medical conditions. This then led to the discovery that shockwaves have a healing ability on musculoskeletal pain and chronic conditions.

After this discovery various devices were developed to treat a range of tissue injuries on different parts of the body. Radial shockwave therapy is now used widely to treat all types of indications from tendinopathy in humans and horses; from diabetic foot ulcers to erectile dysfunction, and even cellulite.

Who is a candidate for ESWT?

Those suffering from musculoskeletal conditions may benefit from extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

This innovative treatment is non-invasive and uses shock wave technology to break up scar tissue and stimulate the production of new collagen, resulting in faster healing times and more muscular tissues.

Depending on the nature of the injury, a patient may need several sessions to achieve the full effect of the treatment.

Unfortunately, ESWT is not suitable for everyone.

For example, somebody with open sores or blood-clotting disorders should not receive the treatment.

Also, it is not recommended for pregnant women or those with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease.

During your Cedar Chiropractic & Sports appointment for shockwave therapy in Hopkinton, MA, it will be determined whether or not ESWT is suitable for you.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwaves are short and intense energy waves that travel faster than the speed of sound. Shockwave therapy works by passing shockwaves into the affected tissues; this causes micro trauma, increases blood flow, and stimulates an acute inflammatory response, aiding and stimulating the healing process.

There are two different ways in which ESWT can be administered: radial and focused. Radial shockwave therapy is delivered via a radial wave that spreads inside the injured tissue, while focused shockwave therapy affects individual cells at a deeper penetration depth.

What are the benefits of ESWT?

Using ESWT can help relieve pain. It is effective for several conditions, including painful bone and joint disorders, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Compared to other surgical procedures, it is relatively safe and cost-effective. It can also help eliminate chronic pain, which is often difficult to live with.

Shockwave is sometimes used in conjunction with other treatments to improve results.

For example, if a patient needs a steroid injection, they can use an ESWT machine to administer a high-energy shockwave to break up the steroid.

Is ESWT Right for Me?

ESTW is a relatively new method for treating musculoskeletal injuries. It is safe, cost-effective, and non-invasive.

Although ESTW is not a treatment for every patient, it has become a preferred method for relieving pain and improving healing. Most patients report a significant improvement in their condition after only a few treatments.

Conditions well-suited for ESWT include tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and chronic tendonitis.

Contact Cedar Chiropractic & Sports at (508) 435-8182 to set up your appointment with Dr. Nguyen for shockwave therapy in Hopkinton, MA.

ESWT / EPAT Shockwave equipment from Cedar Chiropractic & Sports PC

Cedar Chiropractic & Sports have partnered with Storz Medical AG, and we’re proud to be able to supply the most innovative and progressive shockwave MP100 equipment FDA approved available on the market.

In Summary ESWT or EPAT

  1. Non-Surgical treatment, non-invasive
  2. Uses Compress air which generate pressure waves that penetrate deeper into the tissue than what our hands can do
  3. ESWT or EPAT blasts scar tissues which promotes new blood vessels enhancing collagen growth. This promotes tissue repairs and accelerates rapid healing
  4. Analgesic effects without any side effects
  5. There is no lost time in exercise
  6. Currently insurance does not cover for ESWT or EPAT Shockwave Therapy



Healing Therapeutic Technology.
Patients today want non-surgical treatment options for faster healing — with no downtime, no anesthesia, and no risk. Cedar Chiropractic & Sports is proud to offer innovative regenerative solutions, to our continuum of care to improve outcomes and help their patients get back to the activities they love.

Storz Medical, the leader in shockwave therapy, is today’s most innovative approach to treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and connective tissue disorders. It’s backed by evidence and works in tandem with a range of other regenerative solutions for exceptional outcomes. Simply put, it works.

How Does Regenerative Shockwave Therapy Work?
The patented applicator is held against the skin to administer a high-energy acoustic wave which penetrates deep into the body, sending pulses of acoustic energy to treat the abnormal area.

The focused shockwaves help find the source of the pain and gentle pulses are administered throughout the affected area.

The soundwaves work to increase the blood flow to the injured area and stimulate resident stem cell production. Nutrients are brought to the injured tissue, aids the formation of new blood vessels, and kickstarts the regeneration and reparation of bones and tissue.

How Do Focus Shockwaves Work?
A Focus shockwave is produced through discharging a high voltage capacitor located in the control unit into a cylindrically shaped coil system in the Sepia Handpiece, this is surrounded by a cylindrical metallic membrane. The transient magnetic field produced by the coil induces eddy currents in the metal membrane, causing it to repel from the coil, producing a pressure wave. The membrane is immersed in water and the pressure wave produced by the membrane propagates through the water to a concentric parabolic reflector, where it is reflected to a focal point outside of the handpiece in front of the reflector. The Duolith SD1 T-Top allows for the location within the body to be adjusted by altering the energy output or via the focusing mechanism through the Sepia handpiece or through the functional tablet.

Why Choose Focus Shockwave?
Focus shockwave, generated electromagnetically, allows for a much smaller focal point versus traditional radial pressure waves (EPAT), pinpointing specific areas of the body in need of treatment.

Focus shockwave can perform treatment while limiting the damage to the epidermis and underlying soft tissues. It is able to penetrate deep into tissue while maintaining its focal power at a controlled depths. The Sepia handpiece comes with ‘stand-offs’ which are used to adjust the penetration depth according to the condition.

Why Consider Regenerative Therapeutic Treatment?
With conventional treatments like medications, injections, physical therapy, and surgery, it often feels like you’re on a never-ending hamster wheel of pain, temporary relief, pain. All the while, your out-of-pocket costs add up and you’re refraining from doing what you love. There’s a better way.

Both shockwave and Laser Therapy use innovative technology that’s been proven to treat the cause of your pain, not just your symptoms.

Shockwave therapy improves your body’s regenerative potential, rather than further damaging an area that has degenerated because of poor blood flow, tissue injury, overuse or weakness.

In as few as a few weekly 7 to 10-minute sessions, you’ll be on a faster, easier path to feeling better — and back to the activities you love. No risk. No downtime. No surgery, scarring or anesthesia. And extremely high patient satisfaction — more than 80%!

Why Cedar Chiropractic & Sports as the leading Regenerative Medicine Therapeutic Center?
Simply put, not all shockwave devices are the same. In fact, there are major differences in the delivery of the treatment, and how that effects your results as the patient.

Storz Medical is out of Switzerland and is the innovator and pioneer of shockwave therapy. There are many knockoffs available today from numerous providers, and they have these devices for many reasons – lower cost of the device, poorly designed or constructed, and how the treatment is delivered.

There is a reason some vehicles cost $100,000 and some cost $30,000. The question is when it comes to your health and your body, we have invested in the most researched, most reliable, most well-known and most credible therapeutic devices currently available.

Make sure you ask the right questions when it comes to these therapies. If you are unsure, feel free to text our office at 617-980-7798 and we will be happy to educate you so that you make the best informed decisions.

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