What can be treated?
The following disorders are suitable for treatment with so-called high energy shock waves: soft tissue diseases such as calcified shoulder, tennis and golfer's elbow, achillodynia (inflammation of the Achilles tendon) and heel spurs as well as non-union and delayed fracture healing.
When we refer to shock wave treatment, we are speaking of an alternative to an invasive surgical operation. Shock waves are acoustic waves with very high energy which stimulate afflicted tissue. This method of treatment has proven highly successful in Europe; even maladies that were conservatively treated without success were cured after treatment with the OssaTron. For example, the success rate for heel spurs (plantar faciitis) is between 80% and 90% depending on methods of patient selection. Please be aware however that some secondary indications can prevent the disease from healing and may be contra-indicated for shock wave treatment.
How long does one treatment take?
For soft tissue treatments with the OssaTron, approximately 1,000 shocks are applied to the afflicted area at a rate of 2 pulses per second. Add to this time required to localize the treatment area and administer anesthesia, and the entire treatment time is about 20 minutes.
How long before?
Shock waves simulate the body's own healing process, and on average, patients process healing of inflammations within six weeks. Many patients become pain-free after one treatment. In fact in our studies in >Europe we observed that many patients were pain-free immediately after the treatment. In some cases however, we observed an increase of pain immediately post-treatment, but it was relieved with standard pain killers and disappeared completely within a couple of days.
Where are OssaTron treatments being performed?
In the US, FDA clinical trials are being conducting at the following investigational sites:
Georgia Baptist Hospital (Atlanta; GA)
Memorial Hospital (Chattanooga, TN)
Alabama Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Center (Birmingham, AL)
Barnes Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO)
Healthsouth Doctor's Hospital (Coral Gables, FL)
Regional Lithotripter Services (Portland, OR)
To see if you qualify for any of these studies please contact,
Ms. Devonne Pavlak
425 Franklin Road, Suite 545
Marietta, GA 30067
Phone: (770) 419-0691
e-mail: (email removed)
Treatments are being performed in Canada at the Institute of Sports Medicine in Toronto. For information please contact,
Mr. John Grant
Orthotripsy Canada, Inc.
P.O. Box 8
Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0
Phone: (888) 274-6610
For Europe and rest of the world please contact,