Why Shockwave Therapy is Perfect for Treating Sports Injuries
Athletes, dancers, those who work on their feet, and other physically active individuals know it well: when you work hard and play hard, you sometimes get hurt. Unsurprisingly, we see a lot of people at our office with sore feet, painful heels, strained muscles, weakened tendons, and other overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis. Often, an eager athlete won’t give their body enough time to recover from stresses and injuries. Over time, that repetitive strain leads to chronic pain.
There are lots of potential remedies for chronic sports injury pain, but one of the most “shocking”—and most effective—is a tool called extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or ESWT. (It’s also sometimes known as extracorporeal pulse activation treatment, or EPAT.) We’re currently the only podiatry office in the area offering this advanced technology right in our own office—no need for an expensive check-in at the hospital OR.
Not everyone will qualify for the treatment, but for athletes struggling to overcome chronic pain that isn’t responding to other care strategies it can bring long-awaited relief relatively quickly. What’s so great about shockwave?
- It is a non-invasive alternative to surgery that is frequently effective even when other conservative treatments have failed.
- It’s FDA-approved and far safer than either surgery or even cortisone injections or oral anti-inflammatory drugs. In fact, the risk of serious side effects or complications is almost non-existent.
- Even though it’s not usually covered by insurance, the total cost of treatment—typically $600 or less—is a much better deal than repeated trips to the doctor, surgeon, and physical therapist.
- It will get you back on your feet faster than almost any other potential treatment. That’s crucial for athletes looking to avoid training setbacks or rejoin their teams for the playoffs.
How does it work? We’ll spare you the technical details, but in simple terms, shockwave therapy directs pressure waves into your soft tissues, where the injury has occurred. These waves stimulate tissue healing. Essentially, the technology kickstarts your body’s own natural healing process, all without requiring any injections, medications, or incisions.
If you’re an athlete and heel pain has you hobbling on and off the field, make an appointment with Dr. Darren Elenburg to see if shockwave therapy is recommended for you. (We also provide a variety of other remedies, such as custom orthotics.) To schedule with us in either Oklahoma City or Edmond, please call (405) 418-2676.
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