Swiss DolorClast® Method

Historical note

Originally developed for urology, pneumatically generated shock waves were successfully used on bone tissue as early as 1990. 
The Swiss DolorClast® Method was introduced in 1997 and became the new standard in extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Over the ensuing years a growing number of orthopaedic indications were successfully treated with this method.

The original Swiss DolorClast® Method

Based on an entirely new concept in the treatment of chronic tendinopathies of the musculoskeletal system, the Swiss DolorClast® device produces radial shock waves.

A projectile in the handpiece is accelerated at high speed by means of precisely controlled bursts of compressed air. When the projectile strikes the applicator inside the handpiece, its kinetic energy is converted into a mechanical energy force.

This energy is transmitted along the applicator without creating any noticeable movement. The shock wave energy is then emitted at the tip  of the applicator and applied to the patient’s affected tissue. To minimize transmission losses - which would occur in the air between applicator and skin interface – contact gel is used to guide the shock wave.

Recognition

> RELIEVES PAIN IN MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF PATIENTS EVEN AFTER JUST THREE TO FOUR TREATMENTS

Highly effective with just a few short outpatient treatments, even in patients suffering from chronic pain. Two-thirds of (plantar fasciopathy) patients report significant relief from daily pain after just 12 weeks, 81 percent after 52 weeks. 94 percent no longer suffer from night time pain after just 12 weeks.

> IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR SURGERY IN MOST CASES

Avoids surgery, even in cases where surgery used to be the only option to combat pain and limited mobility. No need for x-rays or long-term medication. Eliminates the potential anxiety associated with surgery. More than 80 percent of the treating physicians evaluate shock wave therapy as good or very good.

> WINS AWARDS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

In March 2009  Dr. John F. Furia, MD (USA) received the Achilles Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research Award, the Oscar of orthopedics, from ISAKOS in Osaka, Japan, for his study “Low-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy as a treatment for greater trochanteric pain syndrome”.

> AND PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN TOP SPORTS AND SPORTS CENTERS

Successfully used by athletes during the Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games; the Swiss Ski National A Team, at ATP tennis tournaments, and in European football leagues – no accumuliative effects, no risk of violations of anti-doping legislation in acute pain therapy, an obvious improvement in health and fitness.