MD News Article About the Benefits ESWT

In the May/ June issue of MD News, Dr. Rocco Petrozzi, Assistant Professor and Chairman of Podiatric Medicine at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine who practices at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Institute talks about the benefits and procedure of ESWT for Plantar Fasciitis.

Shockwave Therapy: Modern Technology for Successful Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Interesting New Report on ESWT to Help ACL Injuries

Study: Shockwave Therapy Beneficial After ACL Reconstruction

The application of extracorporeal shock wave therapy to the bone tunnel can significantly enhance the early tendon-bone healing and decreasing tibial tunnel enlargement after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, according to a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers examined 34 patients who either underwent single-bundle ACL reconstruction and ESWT to the midtibia tunnel or ACL surgery without ESWT. The shock wave therapy group showed significantly better Lysholm scores than the control group one and two years after surgery.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for the Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis

Very technical study on ESWT in relation to it’s effectiveness with the shoulders and elbows for the complete article please click here:

Olympic Runner Carrie Tollefson Used Sonocur Treatment for Heel Pain

Carrie Tollefson is an American middle distance runner who was on the US 2004 Summer Olympic team. She suffered from plantar fasciitis and used a Sonocur for her treatment back in 2003 before the Olympics. Here is an article from Running Times Magazine about her comback :

In terms of treatment, Tollefson’s medical team left no known mode of plantar fasciitis therapy untried: iontophoresis, cortisone shots, acupuncture, active-release therapy, icing, and Sonorex shockwave treatments from Dr. Bill Roberts, which Tollefson credits more than anything else with her eventual recovery.

A good article about the Sonocur® and the ESWT treatment

In this article posted about a month ago gives a good overview of the Sonocur® system and the ESWT procedure for heel pain and tendonitis.

If interested call VIP Physical Therapy in Springfield at 413-732-6005 to speak with a specialist.

Sonic Shockwave Treatment for Heel Pain – WGN

WGN a TV station in Chicago did a piece on ESWT and it’s effectiveness.  The system used in this news piece is not a SONOCUR but you can see some testimonials and how the procedure works.  The procedure for the treatment they are showing is the same as the SONOCUR treatment.

A shock for patients who suffer from heel pain. Local doctors say sonic technology can put the bounce back in your step.

Fran Smith: “Reach your right arm up …”

The poses come naturally for Fran Smith. This yoga teacher now moves freely … and free of the pain that once held her back.

Fran Smith, Heel Pain Patient: “I just started feeling pain in my heel. I felt everytime I stepped down, it was almost like I was stepping on a tack. And I just got pain shooting up my foot, all the way up.”

Fran was suffering from plantar fasciitis … painful inflammation of the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.

Dr. Gregory Amarantos, Podiatrist, Weil Foot & Ankle Institute: “What happens is repetitive trauma, the band on the bottom of the foot will stretch. With chronic stretching, the band will start to pull off of the heel bone. You get localized inflammation and you get pain.”

via Sonic Shockwave Treatment for Heel Pain – WGN.

ESWT for the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Here is a recent study of ESWT for treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. Very interesting follow up to the study taken 9 years ago to determine the effectivess of ESWT long term.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a well-accepted treatment alternative, world wide, for the treatment of chronic and recalcitrant tendonopathies and plantar fasciitis. Early and mid-term study results indicate success with a variety of orthopedic disorders, including plantar fasciitis. While several short-term studies support ESWT for the treatment of plantar faciitis1,2, there are only a few mid-term studies that have evaluated the benefit of ESWT on function and pain five years post-treatment. These studies demonstrate favorable results including improved function and pain .3,4

via Weil Foot & Ankle Institute: ESWT for the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: A Nine-Year Follow-Up.