Physical Therapy and Advanced Technology
When we say “physical therapy,” most people imagine things like stretching exercises, heat, or massage. While those impressions aren’t wrong—all can be effective components of a physical therapy treatment course—the full definition is much broader and more inclusive.
Physical therapy also includes things like electrical stimulation, ultrasound or Radial shockwave therapy, etc. Essentially, physical therapy uses external, mechanical forces to bring about increased blood flow to accelerate healing, rather than surgery or drugs. And it can be used not only as part of rehabilitation, but as a primary treatment for many conditions.
Some of the advanced physical therapy treatments and procedures we provide include the following.
This non-invasive technology has been proven to increase the healing rate for many chronic soft tissue injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, various forms of tendinitis, and shin splints.
When you develop a chronic injury, the body loses its ability to recognize the problem, and healing mechanisms slow down or stop. Shockwave therapy
jump-starts these mechanisms and enables the body to heal itself much faster.
Ballistic soundwaves are generated by a small machine and delivered into the site of injury via a hand-held applicator. The waves penetrate deep into tissues, creating “micro trauma” that triggers a renewed healing response from your body. Your cells releases biochemicals that help build new blood vessels, flood the area with oxygen and nutrients, and regenerate damaged tissues.
Extensive studies show success rates as high as 80% for radial shockwave therapy—greater than many traditional treatments (including surgery), and with far lower risks, fewer side effects, and less downtime.
MicroVas electrical stimulation
MicroVas is an exciting treatment option that improves blood flow, increases oxygen levels to damaged nerves and other tissues, and accelerates healing processes using electrical stimulation of the muscles. It is an especially effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy, and can also help with any injury or condition caused or affected by vascular insufficiency. It can even help wounds heal faster.
MicroVas treatment sessions typically last 45 minutes. We generally recommend 3 treatments per week over a 4-12 week treatment course, though some people may need more or fewer treatments based on their results. The effects of the treatments are cumulative and long-lasting, and many people report that their symptoms continue to improve, even months after the last treatment session.
When to Consider Foot Surgery
Although we will do everything we can to treat your condition conservatively, sometimes surgery simply is the best and most effective option available. We might consider surgery when alternative treatment options fail, or if surgery is likely to provide much better and faster results.
At the office of Dr. Jan David Tepper, you’ll find experienced podiatric experts who specialize in both conservative and surgical treatment for a comprehensive range of foot and ankle problems. We’ll advise you on all your treatment options so you can make wise choices about your medical care and return to full activity as quickly as possible.
To schedule an appointment with us, call (909) 920-0884 today.