Watch as Dr Edwin Ong, Resident Doctor, Dr Tan & Partners (DTAP clinic) talks about ESWT, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, as an effective treatment for elbow pain. Shock Wave therapy is a safe, quick and non-invasive treatment using energy from sound waves to activate the self healing properties of the body and accelerate the recovery process.
Common causes of Elbow Pain:
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition which affects the tendons that attach to the outside of the elbow.
Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a similar condition affecting the inside of the elbow instead. Tennis elbow is much more common than golfer’s elbow. Despite their names, these injuries can occur in people who overuse their wrists and arms through repeated motions and do not affect just tennis players and golfers only.
- Firstly, through a process known as cavitation, Shock Wave therapy stimulates the production of fibroblasts and tenocytes. These are the cells responsible for the healing of connective tissues such as tendons. The end result is tissue regeneration.
- Secondly, the Shock Waves stimulate microscopic circulation and therefore metabolism within the treatment area, which promotes healing and the breakdown of calcification deposits, also known as spurs.
- Lastly, Shock Wave therapy diminishes pain by over-stimulation of the nerves that send pain signals to the brain.
To conduct the treatment for elbow pain, we place the treatment probe over the affected area and deliver the required number of shocks. The treatment for elbow pain is tolerable. Most patients will need about 2 to 3 sessions each 2 weeks apart. If you are suffering from elbow pain and require treatment for elbow pain, speak to your Doctor and ask if Shock Wave therapy is right for you.