Olympian Considered for Shockwave Therapy
By Dr. Bruce Theall
June 11, 2012
Category: Heel Pain

26-year-old Olympian, Crista Cullen, recently began training for the London 2012 Olympics. After suffering from a severe case of plantar fasciitis, the Basingstoke medics considered extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Cullen believes she will be able to continue her dream in the games.

After three, 10-minute sessions for three weeks, the hockey player is now back on her feet training hard for the games. Cullen states that the shockwave therapy has “definitely reduced the pain.” With the assistance of Dr. Bruce Theall, patients needing shockwave therapy will be treated at Gentle Touch Foot Care.

This new technology is used to help treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and many others. This technique is used on patients if they do not respond to physiotherapy.

How does it work?
High intensity sound waves are directed to the affected tissues of the body. This in turn leads to beneficial results like the production of collagen fibers, elimination of ongoing inflammation, and accumulation of calcium.

Who Benefits?
Patients who are suffering from heel problems, such as plantar fasciitis for example, get the most out of shockwave therapy.  People who also spend a great time on their feet like athletes, the obese, and others, should benefit from this healing process.

Shockwave Therapy is an easy yet simple process, which helps patients recover faster from their ailment.  This treatment works by creating more blood movement within the inflammation site, telling the body to send nutrients and healing cells to the given area.

The procedure is very cost effective and safer compared to surgery. No anesthesia is required, and recovery time is very brief. Even though there seems to be an adequate amount of positive feedback on shockwave therapy, more studies need to be made. So far all positive things have been said about shockwave therapy.

If you have any questions or are considering shockwave therapy, please feel free to visit our video library or contact our office which is located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.