OrthoWave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy

The best alternative to surgery for chronic overuse and other orthopedic injuries

OrthoWave® - Orthopedic Injury Treatment

Chronic orthopedic injuries can be debilitating, causing pain and disruption during activities ranging from simply getting out of bed to playing your favorite sport.

There are limits to what medication, injections, and other conservative treatments can do, and everyone wants to avoid the risks, downtime, and recovery of surgery.  OrthoWave® High-energy Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (HeSWT) is the treatment that will end your pain.  The injuries we treat include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow – Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Golfers Elbow – Medial Epicondylitis
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Jumpers Knee – Patellar Tendinosis
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain
  • Achilles Tendinosis
  • Calcified Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Stress/Nonunion Fractures

Proven- Safe - Effective

OrthoWave® is a proven, safe, and effective treatment for chronic overuse and other musculoskeletal injuries that have failed conservative treatments. This non-invasive alternative to surgery does not just mask the pain, it stimulates your body to heal the injury for fast, long-term relief.

Complex Meniscus Tear

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After

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This 39 year old patient was suffering from a complex meniscus tear and was in constant pain. He had a significant reduction in pain immediately after his OrthoWave® treatment and was pain free 90-days later when the the second MRI was taken. It continued to improve and after approximately six months, he was able to back squat over 300 lbs with no pain.

Chronic Overuse Injuries

The formation of scar tissue and calcifications can cause chronic overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, and tennis elbow to fail conservative treatments. OrthoWave® non-invasively breaks apart scar tissue and calcifications, stimulates vascular growth, and initiates your body’s natural healing process for fast, long-term relief. (Graph data: Dr. Ludger Gerdesmeyer, ESWT for the treatment of Chronic Calcifying Tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff, JAMA, Nov 19, 2003, Vol 290, No 19)

Partial Tendon Tear

Before

Healing

After

This 47 year old patient was suffering from a partial tear in his rotator cuff. After his High-energy Shockwave Therapy Treatment, the tendon heals, providing long-term relief without risks, pain, or downtime of surgery.(Images: Moya et al, Current Knowledge on Evidence-based Shockwave Treatments for Shoulder Pathology, IJS, Dec 2015, Vol 24, Part B, 171)

Frequently Asked Questions

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How many OrthoWave® treatments will I need?

A.

Only a single treatment with OrthoWave® is required to end the pain and heal the injury. Studies have shown that a single, high-energy treatment to have efficacy rates over 90%.

Q.

How long do the results last?

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OrthoWave® does not just cover the pain, it initiates your body’s natural healing process to actually heal the injury for long-term results. The results are permanent unless the area is injured again.

Q.

Do I need need a referral from my doctor?

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While a referral from your doctor is not required, we normally ask that you attempt conservative treatments with your doctor first, as they often work. OrthoWave® is an alternative to surgery if those conservative treatments fail. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis; usually for professional and amateur athletes or others with extenuating circumstances and the need to heal quickly.

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Does the treatment hurt?

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For the vast majority of patients, no, but occasionally there can be some discomfort at the higher energy levels. We do several things to ensure your comfort. First, the treatment site is normally numbed with a local anesthesia (field block). We also understand that you may be nervous about the procedure so we offer a fast acting sedative. During the treatment, we constantly communicate with you as the energy level is slowly increased. If it starts getting uncomfortable, we can slow the rate of increase and allow the analgesic effects of the shockwaves to set in before increasing further.

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Do you accept insurance?

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Unfortunately, insurance does not normally reimburse for SWT so we are strictly self-pay, although you can use your HSA or FSA. We do offer short and long term financing through CareCredit.

Q.

Who cannot be treated with OrthoWave®?

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Most adults of any age can be treated with OrthoWave®. Tumors in the area being treated is a disqualifier and those on blood thinners or with blood clotting issues will need to receive clearance from their treating physician first. Children are not normally candidates for OrthoWave®, except for the treatment of Osgood-Schlatter disease.