The Sonocur administers a wide range of low energy shock waves , which allow for anesthesia free treatment. The articulating head of the Sonocur machine is placed onto the area where the patient feels pain and fine adjustment are made to the area of therapeutic focus (point of maximal focus).
The treatment consists of initiating a preset number of pulses or shock waves. As the treatment progresses, a trained technician will graduate the energy level to therapeutic levels. By gradually increasing the intensity of the shock waves instead of immediately establishing the best level for therapy, the patient can experience the Hyperstimluation Analgesia effect.
This effect allows the patient to experience minimal increase in pain during the procedure.
Even though shockwaves have been clinically employed for 20 years, their effects are not precisely known. Generally, the following phases of tissue effects have been postulated:
The effective result of this graduated program of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (extracorporeal shock wave therapy) is a change in the physical, chemical and biological composition of the soft tissue. Researchers have hypothesized that the treatment causes the following changes:
The Sonocur® Orthopedic Extracorporeal Shockwave system is available in Canada and other countries where regulatory approval has been obtained. The Sonocur® Basic is FDA approved in the United States for the treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
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