Low energy shock wave therapy is a non-invasive therapy that has been shown as an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis when conservative treatment, such as activity modification, physical therapy, and orthotic supports, has not been successful.
Although the treatment may be painful as the probe is pressed on the tender areas, most patients feel almost immediate relief due to the numbing effect, which lasts for six to 12 hours, after which time some residual symptoms may return. The initial stages of healing begin around two weeks with continued healing for several months.
It is important to continue stretching exercises and physical therapy during this healing process. Occasionally, two or three treatments may be needed to fully heal the condition. If the low energy shock wave therapy is not effective, surgery remains an option as a last resort.
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