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Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy (Pressure Wave)?

Shockwave is a short duration, high energy sound wave that breaks the sound barrier and creates a “shockwave”. Shockwave therapy is mechanical in nature and not an electrical procedure.

 

These shockwaves are applied through the skin to the injured tissue or joints by way of short and successive pulses that help to stimulate damaged cells to speed healing, reduce pain/myofascial restriction/trigger points, and increase blood flow.

 

Other benefits include increased collagen synthesis and increased growth factor in the treated area.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

  • Increases healing and circulation – The shockwave puts pressure on the target tissue to help increase circulation in the cells.

 

  • Shockwaves also help to jump-start fibroblasts – cells that help in tendon healing and growth.

 

  • Shockwaves help to reduce pain by creating something called hyperstimulation anesthesia – it overwhelms the nerve endings so they can’t transmit pain signals, which reduces pain.

What Are Common Conditions That Shockwave Therapy Treats?

Rotator cuff tendonitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), biceps tendonitis, golfers’ elbow, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve entrapments, gluteal tendonitis, piriformis syndrome, IT band syndrome, patellar tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and muscle spasms. If the pain generator in your condition is soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, or joint capsule), Shockwave Therapy will likely help.

Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?

You may feel slight discomfort during the treatment, but this feeling is usually much less than the pain you are already feeling in the injured area. It is important to remember that the discomfort felt is far outweighed by the benefits of the procedure.

 

It feels like a quick and repetitive hammering sensation. The treatment lasts approximately 8 minutes, and most patients can manage the discomfort. If it is too much, your provider can lower the intensity levels of the procedure.

How Long and How Often Do I Have to Do Shockwave Therapy?

A typical treatment plan is approximately 5-8 visits depending on the individual’s injury, whether the injury is acute or chronic, and progress of the patient’s injury treatment to treatment.

What Should I Do Post Shockwave Therapy?

  • Hydrate! Hydrated muscle heals faster. This will help with soreness and remove toxins that your body is trying to flush out.

 

  • Use a heating pad to increase blood flow to the area treated and influence healing.

 

  • Do not use ice. This constricts blood vessels and reduces metabolic activity in the muscle.