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Will extracorporeal shock wave therapy cure my plantar fasciitis?

Will extracorporeal shock wave therapy cure my plantar fasciitis?

Possible: Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective at relieving pain from plantar fasciitis in about 2/3 of patients. It works by stimulating the inflammatory cascade thus causing he body to heal itself. I also believe that stretching, good shoes, and custom orthotics are important in preventing the plantar fasciitis from returning. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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Is shock wave therapy effective for patellar tendonitis?

Is shock wave therapy effective for patellar tendonitis?

Not sure?: This treatment is effective in treating unresponsive tennis elbow. I am personally not aware of this as a treatment for patellar tendonitis. If you have a recurring or recalcitrant patellar tendonitis, see an orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and get a thorough knee exam. Even get a second opinion. You may have to alter your activities, take medications and give it plenty of time. ...Read more

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Is heat therapy effective for treating Achilles tendonitis / tendonosis?

Is heat therapy effective for treating Achilles tendonitis / tendonosis?

Sometimes: If you have tendinitis - icing is best to help decrease inflammation as well as NSAID medication (i.e. Ibuprofen, naprosyn). Heat may help "loosen up" the tissue prior to therapy/exercises. Icing should be resumed post exercise to again decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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Risks of awt (acoustic wave therapy)?

Risks of awt (acoustic wave therapy)?

Cellulite, right?: This is promoted for gynoid lipodystrophy ("cellulite"). Zapping it with sonication waves. Don't get your hopes up. I've not heard of any unpleasant or dangerous side effects. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is electro stimulation therapy appropriate for bicep tendonitis?

Is electro stimulation therapy appropriate for bicep tendonitis?

It depends: Electric stimulation has been used for over 100 years. These days you have units that use either milliamps or microamps. There are now very sophisticated microcurrent machines in use by physicians, chiropractors, pts and athletic trainers. I think they are the most effective. Find a frequency specific microcurrent provider who has a machine w/ many settings including ones just for tendons. ...Read more

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Can electric shock therapy kill someone?

Can electric shock therapy kill someone?

ECT: Electroconvulsive Therapy is actually very safe. It is very different now as compared to it's early days. ...Read more

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Is electrode shock therapy effective for bi-polar 1 disorder?

Is electrode shock therapy effective for bi-polar 1 disorder?

ECT: Course of ECT effective when all other approaches failed or medications contraindicated and severity warrants it. ...Read more

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Can you explain shockwave therapy for calcified shoulder tendonitis?

Can you explain shockwave therapy for calcified shoulder tendonitis?

ESWT : In our office we have used eswt-extracorporeal shockwave therapy for 12 years on the plantar fascia and achilles tendon with excellent results. For these areas the shock or "pressure" waves break up the chronic inflammatory scar tissue on a microscopic level and jump start the healing process. ...Read more

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Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) - how long for recovery?

Vary...: Do you mean get over eswl-related discomfort or total post-eswl stone/fragment passage? For post-eswl discomfort, it may highly vary, days to weeks, depending on what you're and how your body/kidney responds to eswl. For stone/fragment passage, it may take 1 week to months, depending on the load ; density of stones and the eswl effectiveness to disintegrate them; it may take 1 week to months, or.. ...Read more

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B/L pain plantar aspect both feet with radiation into medial ankles; dx as plantar fasciitis. No relief from injections or orthotics. Next step?

B/L pain plantar aspect both feet with radiation into medial ankles; dx as plantar fasciitis.  No relief from injections or orthotics. Next step?

Second opinion: There are a number of more involved options for plantar fasciitis that does not respond to traditional treatments including orthotics and injections as you have had; among these options is surgery. You might consider getting a second opinion as well. Tarsal tunnel syndrome could potentially explain the symptoms you are describing. ...Read more

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Is trimallor ankle fracture physical therapy effective?

Is trimallor ankle fracture physical therapy effective?

Yes: Anytime you have a severe injury such as tri-malleolar ankle fracture, physical therapy is a great modality to get you back to some what normal stage. Unfortunately you may not return to 100% of your old level of activities, but anything to help you get back close to that will help. ...Read more

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Extracorporeal piezoelectric shock wave lithotripsy. Fancy words. What do they mean?

Extracorporeal piezoelectric shock wave lithotripsy. Fancy words. What do they mean?

Shock source: Extracorporeal - from "outside" of the body. Piezoelectric - a type of spark gap generator. Shock wave - "force" wave that travels through the body. Lithotripsy - to "break-up" stones. ...Read more

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Is acoustic wave therapy efficient for decreasing pain caused by shin splints in a running athlete?

Is acoustic wave therapy efficient for decreasing pain caused by shin splints in a running athlete?

Yes, per prelim data: Preliminary data supports the use of acoustic wave therapy for the treatment of shin splints. This is not yet a mainstream treatment option and , as such, unlikely to be covered by your insurance. ...Read more

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What kind of complications might happen from an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy?

What kind of complications might happen from an extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy?

Same but more: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (eswl) is used to break up stones which are stuck somewhere, whether it be the kidney or the bile duct or elsewhere. Risks include bleeding, damage to the surrounding tissue/organ, and when coupled with other procedures, generally mean a more difficult procedure. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy cure tendonitis of the shoulder?

Can massage therapy cure tendonitis of the shoulder?

No: To an extent the answer depends on which tendon is involved. Massage can aid in the recovery of injured tissue by stimulating blood supply, and in the case of a tendon mobilizing it. In general tendons do not repair if their is much tearing, but in the case of minor tears seen in inflammation (tendonitis) improve with gradual strengthening and judicial use of steroids for pain management. ...Read more

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Ecg possible myocardial ischemia inferior plus t wave inversion. How serious?

Ecg possible myocardial ischemia inferior plus t wave inversion.  How serious?

ECG: Possible abnormalities can possibly be meaningful or not. The best you can say is possibly serious. More information is needed, ask your Doc about you. ...Read more

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Is brain wave therapy safe?

Is brain wave therapy safe?

Not sure: Not sure what you mean by "brain wave therapy". Transcranial magnetic stimulation alters brain waves, as does biofeedback and even cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. ...Read more

Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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Tendinitis (Definition)

The inflammation of a tendon, ...Read more