We are excited to announce a new treatment, Shockwave therapy, now offered in our Kirkland clinic.
- Heel pain
- Muscle pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Limited Range of motion due to scar tissue
Muscular pain affects millions of people every day. For some people this type of pain is a nuisance, but for many it is physically debilitating, reducing their quality of life and limiting their ability to enjoy activities with family and friends.
How does RPT work:
The enPlus device delivers mechanical energy into the target tissue. The energy will treat muscle pain and help increase the circulation in the area being treated. Chronic pain may be related to scar tissue and adhesions formed either in soft tissue or tendon/ligament post injury. A treatment with the enPuls effectively presses the reset button on chronic scared and hard-to-treat soft tissue. Scar tissue or adhesions in many cases adhere to and put pressure on nerves which can result in pain. By breaking up the scarring and adhesions it takes the pressure off the nerve and increases circulation to the area which helps the body heal itself more efficiently.
RPT or low energy shockwave therapy is especially beneficial for patients that have chronic heel pain and have not had much success with traditional therapies such as medications, orthotics, injections or physiotherapy. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, heel spur syndrome or Achilles tendonitis, you are a candidate for this treatment.
Our podiatrist will determine if you are a candidate for RPT. It is reserved for special cases where other treatments did not provide adequate relief of pain. RPT is a very safe treatment, however is not recommended for use of heel pain in children, pregnant women or people currently taking medications that inhibit blood clotting.
RPT means that there is no surgery, no anesthesia, no injections, and no medication. The procedure is performed in our office. After an evaluation of your medical history, Dr. Burakovskiy or Dr. Buckley will carry out a simple manual examination of the painful area. The trigger point, or sore area over the heel will be located and marked. Ultrasonic transmission gel is applied to the foot. The RPT handpiece is then positioned to gently and extensively transmit shockwaves over the injured area. The feedback you provide helps to determine the fine positioning of the applicator and the measurement of the impulse frequency.
Once you are comfortable at a low level, the energy is gradually increased over several minutes. A typical session lasts about 15 minutes. You will require one session per week for three weeks. Most patients will notice improvement after the first treatment, however, overall healing continues for 3 months after the last treatment. Success rates with this treatment are approximately 70- 80%.
There are virtually no side effects with RPT since no medication, surgery, injections, or anesthesia is involved. Some patients may experience a short period of slight pain, tingling, warmth or numbness immediately after their treatment.