Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for musculoskeletal injuries.  Shockwave therapy works by using a deep penetrating focused sound wave that activates cells in tissues that drives the formation of new cells to replace damaged tissues. Shockwave therapy accelerates blood flow to the treated area and induce vasodilation and angiogenesis restoring and improving musculoskeletal tissue.

Why Choose Shockwave Therapy?

If you dealing with an ongoing injury or pain that has been slow to recover from Shockwave therapy may be a good option for you.  shockwave therapy, a form of Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a safe, non-invasive, and clinically proven treatment that uses a probe to transmit acoustic shockwaves directly through the skin to target specific areas of damaged tissue. The shockwaves delivered during treatment initiates a controlled inflammation-type response within the injured tissue that promotes the body to respond with a natural healing process, thereby helping relieve pain and other symptoms.

Treatment typically requires 3-5 sessions and each treatment session usually takes approximately 10-20 minutes depending on the size of the injured area. Treatment is not considered painful, but some patients may experience slight discomfort during the treatment session.

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What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

Shockwave therapy is a fast and effective treatment for acute and chronic pain in tendons, muscles, and joints. During treatment, shockwaves target the damaged tissue and work to alleviate pain and muscle tightness and improve the range of motion by eliminating adhesions. Shockwave therapy can be an effective treatment for most tendon disorders and a range of other conditions, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Myofascial pain syndromes
  • Muscle strains
  • Hip and knee tendonitis
  • Scar tissue
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Shin splints

What To Expect After Shockwave Treatment

After treatment, some patients experience an immediate improvement in symptoms such as pain reduction and an increased range of motion. However, the intent of the treatment is to re-start the healing process so some soreness can be experienced with the first treatment or two. In some cases, it can take several weeks to feel the full benefits of shockwave therapy. Most patients (especially those affected by tendon issues) report improved functionality and a better quality of life after receiving a course of shockwave therapy.

To get the most from shockwave therapy, you should try to rest the treated area for 24 hours before and after your treatment. There are also certain things that should be avoided before and after treatment, including:

  • Avoiding steroid medications, such as cortisone shots, prednisone, and Medrol dose packs for a minimum of 4 -8 weeks prior to treatment, as these can hinder your body’s ability to heal.
  • Avoiding the use of ice, steroid medications, and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin following treatment, as they can block the intended effects of the healing process. (If you experience discomfort following treatment, Tylenol can be taken safely.)
  • Normal day-to-day activities and light exercise can usually be resumed soon after the procedure but certain activities should be avoided, such as strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, or high-impact activities, as they may reduce the effectiveness of treatment and may hinder your recovery.
  • To ensure that you achieve your desired outcomes, you should follow aftercare guidance, including any prescribed rehabilitation exercises.

What Are The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a fast, effective, non-invasive, and affordable treatment that can accelerate and stimulate the healing and regeneration of bone, tendon, ligament, and many other tissues. It can offer patients a range of benefits, particularly when an injury does not respond to therapy alone or to other conservative treatments.

Because there are no side effects or long-term implications associated with it, shockwave therapy can be a great alternative to other pain relief treatments, such as steroids, which can have long-term degenerative effects on tendons and joints. Treatment may also eliminate the need for medications and more aggressive treatments such as surgery.

Shockwave Therapy Near Me

If you are interested in finding out whether shockwave therapy could benefit you, contact the experienced team of highly trained chiropractic and sports medicine physicians at Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab. We specialize in a wide range of sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy services, along with advanced non-surgical treatments to relieve your symptoms, allowing you to get back to an active lifestyle.