Ever wondered how professional athletes heal so quickly from medical conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendon rupture? Let’s see how. Say a basketball player is experiencing patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee) in the middle of a season, for instance. The primary focus of the medical team would be to render the first-line treatments, including resting, icing, therapeutic exercises, bracing and orthotics, and so on. If the injury is not responding to those standard non-operative treatments, the medical team then has to consider the more-invasive approaches, like percutaneous needle tenotomy or surgical debridement, which involves cutting and removing the wounded tissue. While such treatments are often successful, they are associated with increased risks and extended recovery periods, which can effectively end an athlete’s season. That’s where extracorporeal shockwave therapies (ESWT) come into the picture. Between non-operative and more-invasive treatments, ESWT is an ideal intermediate option for medical teams and athletes alike.
ESWT was introduced into clinical practice in 1982 to manage urologic conditions. These shockwaves were initially used to break kidney stones or calcifications in arteries and soft tissues. Undergoing significant technological advancements over the years, today, ESWT not only can successfully address complex tissue injuries of athletes. but also common musculoskeletal disorders of other patients, with minimal recovery periods. On that front, a precision medical device manufacturer that has been carving a niche by paving such optimal and swift recovery pathways for international athletes via ESWT is Electro Medical Systems (EMS). Notably, EMS has four decades of expertise in engineering and manufacturing precision medical devices for sports and rehabilitation, dental prophylaxis, and endourology. Many elite athletes, with podium placements, championship titles, and more, have been treated worldwide using EMS’s shockwave solutions. “Over the years, we have helped medical teams globally use EMS’s innovative ESWT devices, evidence-based research, and world-class player care and welfare service,” states Jean-Christophe Prandi, Head of Business Unit Pain Therapy at EMS.
Now imagine, wouldn’t it be great if non-athletes could also benefit from these advanced treatment approaches? Interestingly, EMS has been solving this quest as well by concurrently democratising ESWT technology over time. Driven by the Swiss tradition of precision and craftsmanship, the company is indeed becoming a pioneering player in the ESWT space by enabling the application of these advanced ESWT techniques in healthcare practitioners’ physiotherapy and rehabilitation efforts for the general populace.
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