Shock wave therapy is ideal for those have persistent pain which is not responsive to corticosteriod injections, heel cups, or physical therapy. It is also an alternative to open surgery, and can be done in a clinical setting without anesthesia. Studies show that 75% of patients with plantar fasciitis show an improvement after shock wave treatment.
Shock wave therapy is based on an acoustic wave, which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic, and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues.
The kinetic energy of the projectile (wave), created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.