Radial Shockwave Therapy With Enpuls Version 2.0 by Zimmer MedizinSysteme
In this age of high-tech wonders, sometimes the greatest innovations are based on quite simple principles. For all the money people spend on bath lotions and massage machines, perhaps the best way to open the pores of the skin is to enter a Russian-style banya, where people beat each other with sticks after alternating hot and cold water baths. The revolutionary enPuls Version 2.0 from Germany-based Zimmer Medicine Systems is a device for radial shockwave therapy, a highly-effective treatment for certain conditions, whose fundamental principle is similar to the idea of kicking a broken vending machine in exactly the right place and with the proper force in order to get your stuck candy bar.
Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave Therapy is a series of high-energy percussions to the affected area. The shockwave is a physical sound wave “shock”, not an electric one. There are no lasers, x-rays, or mysterious chemical reactions involved. Simply put, shockwave therapy works by triggering an inflammatory response at the treatment site. Increased metabolic activity in the affected areas stimulates and accelerates the healing process. Shockwave therapy, which blocks transmission of pain, has also been reported to be effective in breaking down scar tissue and even calcification.
Shockwave therapy has been slow to take hold in the United States, but it is widely used in medical institutions worldwide for treatment of conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, Achilles tendon, strained arches, tennis elbow, bursitis, osteoarthritis, jumper’s knee, stress fractures, heel spurs, Morton’s neuroma, and a whole range of other orthopedic and neurological disorders.
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Shockwave therapy works by triggering the body’s self-healing process. Most patients feel immediate pain reduction and improved ease of motion. In many cases, the improvement is great enough to eliminate the need for surgical intervention.
The standard regimen is 2000 shocks per five-minute session, administered once a week for about three weeks (up to five weeks if the condition is very chronic). The shockwaves are uncomfortable but tolerable for most people. There may be continued discomfort in the treated area, but that will gradually subside. We advise patients not to use ice or take anti-inflammatory medications for pain, since the main purpose of the treatment is to trigger an inflammatory immune system response. Even if there is no pain, we recommend decreased activity for 48 hours after each treatment.
Even though the improvements begin immediately, the full effect of treatment may take as much as three months to notice. Close to 90% of patients worldwide report a 75% or greater decrease in pain intensity within that time frame.
Even if shockwave therapy is not the optimal treatment in your particular case, Dr. Caruso has access to a wide range of other medical devices and methodologies to treat even very difficult cases in-office.
To learn more, and to find out if this procedure might be right for you, contact us today.
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