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What Are Extracorporeal Shock Waves?

This form of therapy utilizes audible sound waves generated outside the body (extracorporeal) to target painful areas. These low-energy shock waves promote the natural process of healing in the body, stimulate the metabolism, and improve blood circulation.

Over the years, shock wave therapy has also proven to be a useful technique to systematically eliminate pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones. When performed by our physical therapists, this pain therapy approach has minimal risks and side effects.

Conditions & Symptoms We Treat

Our therapists possess the experience and training to treat pain from your neck down to your feet using extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Our full range of injuries and conditions treated includes:

  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Fascial pain
  • Heel pain
  • Patellar tendonitis (medically referred to as tendinitis)
  • Shin pain/tibial stress syndrome
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Trigger points

What to Expect With Our Treatment

Our physical therapists will make an in-depth examination of your pain and history and discuss the findings with you as well as a treatment plan. A skin gel is then applied to the region of pain allowing the shock waves to be applied to the body without losing any energy. Shock waves are then applied in a circular motion over the area of pain.  

Each shock wave therapy session lasts between 10 and 30 minutes, and times vary based on the condition being treated. Three to six treatments at weekly intervals are used for most conditions.

However, many patients report a significant or complete pain reduction after just one or two sessions. They also notice restored mobility and an improved quality of life.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is available to current patients at Southern Oregon Orthopedics. This new therapy is not covered by insurance, and pricing varies from $75 for an individual session or $200 for three sessions. These treatments are available at our Medford location.

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To see if you are a candidate for extracorporeal shock wave therapy, please call (541) 779-6250 or request an appointment online.