High-Energy Shock Waves for Orthopedic Injuries

Chronic orthopedic injuries can be debilitating, causing pain and disruption during activities ranging from simply getting out of bed to playing your favorite sport. There are limits to what physical therapy and other conservative treatments can do, and everyone wants to avoid the risks, downtime, and recovery of surgery. Choosing between treatment options can be overwhelming and you just want to find one that actually works. OrthoWave is the treatment that will end your pain.

OrthoWave is our innovative, non-invasive treatment using High-Energy Shock Waves delivered directly to injured area with our FDA approved device. OrthoWave, backed by hundreds of studies, is proven and effective at significantly decreasing and eliminating chronic tendon and ligament pain with just a single treatment. OrhtoWave does not just mask the pain, it actually simulates your body to heal the injury naturally for long-term results. Physical therapy and pain medication are not required and you can go back to routine activities the very next day, providing minimal disruption.

OrthoWave’s beneficial biological effects treat numerous injuries. In a single 30-minute treatment, approximately 4,000 High Energy Shock Waves are delivered to the injured area. The compression phase provides an analgesic effect and metabolic stimulation while the tensile phase breaks down scar tissue/classification and stimulates vascular growth. Common chronic injuries include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Non-union fractures
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Tendinopathy of the shoulder
  • Tennis / Golfer’s elbow

Am I a candidate for OrthoWave?

If you answer yes, then the OrthoWave High-Energy Shock Wave Therapy treatment may be right for you:

  • Have you suffered for over 3 months with an overuse injury?
  • Is the pain reducing your quality of life?
  • Have conservative treatments failed?
  • Are you interested in a non-invasive treatment?
  • Would you like to avoid the downtime and rehab of surgery?
  • Are you tired of trying treatments that don’t work?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is High-Energy Shock Wave Therapy?

High-Energy Shock Wave Therapy(HeSWT), also known as Focused Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (F-ESWT), was born out of lithotripsy.  Lithotripsy is the use of high energy acoustic  waves to break apart kidney stones. Doctor’s noticed that after lithotripsy, soft tissue healed faster and bone density increased near the treatment site. Soon after, doctors starting using shock wave therapy on musculoskeletal issues with amazing results, even better than surgery.  Extracorporeal literally translates to “outside the body” which means our treatment is non-invasive; eliminating the risks, downtime, and costs associated with surgery.  The Sonex HeSWT device is fully FDA approved, having been proven to be both safe and effective.

What can I expect with the treatment?

OrthoWave is completely non-invasive so there is no lengthy recovery period, time off from work, or risk of complications that you would expect with invasive surgery. A treatment normally lasts 30-45 minutes.  First, the injury will be palpitated (fancy medical word for poked) to identify the most painful locations and they will be marked.  In order to minimize discomfort, a local anesthetic may then be administered to the area being treated. Then, ultrasound gel will be applied and the injured area placed against the treatment head.  Shock Waves will then be delivered to the site at a specific frequency and energy level via the fluid filled membrane of the treatment head. Your comfort is very important to us so we can adjust the power of the shock waves accordingly.  If you received an anesthetic on a lower extremity you will need to wait for it to wear off and it is safe to walk, but other than that, you can leave as soon as the treatment is complete and have received our post-treatment instructions.

What can I expect during recovery?

OrthoWave essentially breaks apart the bad tissue and allows new good tissue to be created. Because your body is healing naturally, healing will take place over days, weeks, and months. Most patients see a significant improvement almost immediately, with the highest rate of improvement over the first 30 days but continuing for several months. Some severely damaged larger tendons and ligaments (like the Patellar and Achilles) can sometimes take a bit longer to fully heal, but they do heal.  While you are able to immediately return to routine activities, you will need to avoid high-impact activities with the treated area for 30 days and then ease back into those activities.  This is usually the most difficult part of the treatment as our clients feel better soon after treatment and sometimes push it too hard.  It likely took years to cause the injury, so give the body a little time to heal it right.

Is OrthoWave covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, HeSWT is not covered by insurance.  Sonex Therapy is strictly self-pay although you are able to utilize your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for your treatment.  Additionally, Sonex accepts and offers financing through the CareCredit medical credit card.

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