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Shockwaves that can heal
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical procedure to treat irritations, calcium deposits, and inflammation in the tissue. It can also address disorders of bone healing after fractures or surgeries ("pseudoarthroses").
Which diseases can be treated using shockwave therapy?
Very good results have been achieved in the treatment of all inflammations that are not caused by bacterial infections, such as:
- So-called tennis elbow or golfer's elbow, both of which are often seen in craftsmen due to chronic excess load
- Rotator cuff syndrome of the shoulders and calcific tendinitis
- Iliotibial band syndrome in athletes and recreational athletes
- Patellar tendinitis
- Achilles tendon disorders, the so-called "achillodynia"
- "plantar fasciitis" of the bottom of the heel, with and without heel spurs. The latest research results have prompted the statutory health insurance funds to cover the costs for this disease in special cases.
How long does the treatment take?
In general, 3-5 ten-minute appointments at weekly intervals are necessary.
When can I expect an improvement?
The effect is a bit delayed, often already after the first treatment. However, healing processes take place slowly, and a final result can only be expected 4-8 weeks later.
Which shock wave is used in the Praxisklinik2000?
Many devices of varying designs are available. We use the latest generation of focused high-energy shock waves. Shock waves can be delivered to the tissue with an accuracy of a few millimetres, so that the seat of the disease can be hit with precision and the surrounding tissue is spared. The treatment is usually not painful.
Is the therapy associated with any risks or side effects?
Overall, shock waves are very safe and fairly well-tolerated. Nevertheless, adverse side effects or complications are always a possibility. You will receive detailed information about them prior to the treatment. For example, bruising, tissue damage, and pain reaction in the evening after the treatment are possible.
How does shockwave treatment work?
A special device generates high-voltage pulses and passes them on to a probe. This is where the shock waves occur, which then pass through a gel and the skin into the seat of the disease, such as a calcium deposit or an inflamed tissue.
What does the therapy cost, and who pays for it?
The costs are covered by most private health insurance funds. The workers’ compensation board will reimburse some costs upon application. Since 1 Jan 2019, statutory health insurance funds have been covering the costs of this therapy for the treatment of heel spurs / plantar fasciitis. We are required to invoice the treatment of other conditions as a private service. Depending on the illness, a typical invoice amount is between € 90 and € 200 per session. The good news for patients is, the costs are usually tax-deductible.