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Shockwave Therapy
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Shockwave Therapy

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Benefits

  • Non-surgical treatment
  • No side effects
  • Accelerates healing
  • Can be used by all health practitioners
  • Affordable
  • Coverage available from most insurance companies
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How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

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Shockwave therapy improves blood flow, leading to the regeneration of injured tissue and thus accelerating the patient’s healing process.

It is particularly effective in instances where the body has struggled to heal on its own. The potent energy pulses from the shockwave device generate micro-cavitation bubbles that grow and burst with each application to the affected area. The bursting of these bubbles activates the body’s cells that play a key role in the healing of bones and connective tissues.

You might understand that shockwave therapy is beneficial, but what’s the mechanism behind its effectiveness?

Shockwave therapy boosts the body’s natural healing processes by invigorating metabolic activity and improving blood flow, which aids in repairing damaged tissues.

During the treatment, intense energy pulses are directed at the affected region for brief intervals. These pulses generate micro-cavitation bubbles that grow and implode. The energy released from these imploding bubbles activates cells crucial for the healing of bones and connective tissues.

This therapy proves most effective in situations where the body has struggled to heal itself autonomously.

In the process of shockwave therapy, an acoustic pressure wave is delivered to the body’s tissues, reaching the area of discomfort. This pressure wave, generated at the point of contact, spreads radially within the patient’s body, targeting the affected area.

Shockwave Therapy Treatments

Shockwave therapy was initially introduced as a way to break down kidney stones without direct contact. It then evolved to treat non-healing bones by activating osteoblasts.

Today it treats a wide range of medical conditions, including:

  • Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Broken bones that have failed to heal (nonunions)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Heel spurs
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Enhancing bone healing
  • Muscle and connective tissue injuries
  • And more
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
  • Treatment of tendinopathy
  • Hamstring muscle injuries
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Bursitis
  • Stiff big toe (hallux rigidus)
  • Non-healing ulcers
  • Tendonitis
  • Scar tissue

Shockwave Therapy Side Effects and Timeframes

A shockwave is an intense, but very short, energy wave travelling faster than the speed of sound. Because it is so powerful, most patients who undergo shockwave treatment recover faster than those treated by other methods.

Shockwave therapy sessions are usually 5 minutes long and provide successful relief and restore mobility painlessly. Relief typically begins about immediately following the treatment. Most patients require three treatments sessions. There is no downtime for recovery.

There are no shockwave therapy side effects. Treatments are non-invasive and promote accelerated recovery of injured soft tissue, bone, and joint pain.

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