Shockwave therapy is a non surgical, non invasive device used in the treatment of orthopedics, physiotherapy and sports medicine. It assists in providing relief of chronic and acute pain without the use of painkillers. At the same time it helps restore mobility. Shockwave therapy uses acoustic waves to trigger a biological response, leading to faster, long-term healing by stimulating tissue regeneration.
How Shockwave Therapy Works?
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shockwaves are characterized by jump change in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity. The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
Most patients with chronic pain problems have been through various unsuccessful types of treatments. Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem.
There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting.
The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative, so you will typically need more than one (3–5) treatment. Very often though, you will experience relief right after the first treatment.
It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.
Shockwave Therapy is often used to treat:
- Jumper’s Knee
- Hip Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Heel Spurs
- Insertional Pain
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Chronic Tendinopathy
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy Include:
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- New Blood Vessel Formation
- Reversing Chronic Inflammation
- Improving Circulation
- Release of Trigger Points
- Stimulation of Collagen Production
- Dissolving of Calcified Fibroblasts
- Dispersion of Pain Mediator