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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy


Hero Medical Center now offers this new therapy.  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.

Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave Therapy Is a therapy that uses abrupt, high 
amplitude pulses of mechanical energy generated by an electromagnetic coil. These shockwaves are generated externally to the body and transmit through the skin. This therapy helps in the reversal of chronic inflammation, stimulation of collagen production, formation of new blood vessels, and the dissolution of calcified fibroblasts .

What is the success rate of some common conditions?

You can see improvements on average of:

  • 77% improvement of Tennis Elbow

  • 90% improvement of Plantar Fasciitis

  • 91% Improvement for Tendinitis 

How does it work?

1) Treatment produces an inflammatory response. The body responds by increasing

metabolic activity around the site of pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing


2) Shockwave breaks down scar tissue and calcification as well

3) Transmission of pain is blocked


What indications are Shockwave Therapy used Worldwide to treat?

- Plantar Fasciitis

- Frozen Shoulder

- Plantar Fasciosis (strained arch)

- Heel Spurs

- Tennis Elbow

- Morton’s Neuroma

- Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

- Hallux Rigidus

- Bursitis

- Achilles Tendinopathy, Tendonitis

- Trigger Point Therapy

- Jumpers Knee

- Anterior Tibial Syndrome

- Stress Fractures

- Osteoarthritis

- Patellar Chondropathy

- Trochanteric Tendonitis


What are the benefits of Shockwave Treatment?

This therapy works without the use of X-rays or drugs; it stimulates the body’s natural self healing process. There is actually an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of

movement. Secondary effects are minor. Shockwave therapy may also eliminate your need for surgery.

How long does the treatment last?

A certain number of shocks are administered per session specific to the ailment being treated, which can last anywhere from 5-10 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

Normally six treatments are necessary at weekly intervals; there is a small possibility that additional treatments may be necessary if your condition is very chronic.

Does the treatment hurt?

It is a short treatment that may be uncomfortable and most people are able to tolerate. However, if you cannot tolerate it, adjustments on the machine can decrease the pressure you feel.

Will it hurt after the treatment?

There may be no immediate pain, but some discomfort may be experienced 2-4 hours after the treatment. In some cases it can last up to 48 hours and in very rare cases, the pain lasted up to 5 days.

What should I do if I am in pain after the treatment?

The shockwave will trigger an inflammatory response, which is the body’s natural process of healing. For this reason, do not use anti-inflammatory medications. Do not use ice. The pain should subside within 24 hours. Use Tylenol if necessary, provided you have no trouble with this medication.

What if it feels good after the treatment?

Even if it feels good, we recommend decreased activity for 48 hours following the treatment. 

What is the success rate of this kind of treatment?

A successful treatment is considered as a patient having at least 75% reduction in pain within 3 months. Worldwide, success rates are around 80 to 90%.

What if it doesn’t work for me?

Although the short-term effects alone are exceptional, the long-term benefits of this treatment may take up to 3-4 months. If after this time there has not been any marked improvement, you should see your doctor for further treatment options.

Questions? To request more information you can: schedule an appointment, sign up for a free seminar, contact us or call Hero Medical Center at 904-461-0165 today.

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