The PiezoWave 2 is a noninvasive treatment that produces soundwave pulses into body tissue. The technology is called Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). This type of treatment is similar to lithotripsy, which is the procedure urologist use to break up kidney stones.
To be a candidate for Piezo, the physical therapists or chiropractors suspect there to be damaged tissue from injury or overuse. The areas where these injuries occur are where soft tissue meet boney structures. In these areas surrounding joints, calcifications and scar tissue form which restricts movement. For conditions such as tendonitis or chronic overuse diagnoses, Piezo has been clinically proven to treat/aid in relieving pain.
Piezo utilizes the soundwaves to break up the scar tissue and calcifications. Breaking up scar tissue is beneficial in achieving more range of motion and decreasing one’s pain threshold. Each time the treatment is performed, the tissue is broken up initiating the healing process. To obtain full benefits from this type of treatment, it will be conducted multiple times over the course of a couple weeks.
During the treatment, the patient should be waiting to feel a dull ache sensation. Many patients describe it as feeling comparable to a toothache or a build-up of pressure. The facilitator of the treatment will ask for the patient to verbalize when they feel that sensation as well as rate the intensity on a pain scale of 1-10. The pain/discomfort should be between 5-7 the pain scale during the treatment.
For the next 24 hours following the treatment, the patient can expect to be slightly sore or achy. The soreness will go away as their body heals and regenerates the tissue in that area.