What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment option in orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine. The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. In modern pain therapy, shockwave energy is conducted from the point of origin to the painful body regions, where it applies its healing capacities.
The first medical treatment with shockwaves was lithotripsy. This allowed focused shockwaves to essentially dissolve kidney stones without surgical intervention. Today, over 98% of all kidney stones are treated with this technology. The use of shockwaves to treat tendon related pain began in the early 1990s.
How Does it Work?
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.
Many medical white papers explain the benefits of Shockwave therapy. A recent paper explains the neural processes involved in pain memory. According to the new theory shock waves selectively delete “pathologic reflex patterns” and enable re-learning of “hale reflex pattern”, being the basis of permanent healing.
Here’s a great video of a prominent Doctor in the UK who utilizes Shockwave therapy:
What Disorders can be Treated?
- Heel spurs: plantar fasciitis
- Tendons: chronic enthesopathies
- Achilles tendon: mid-portion achilles tendinopathy
- Achilles tendon: insertional achilles tendinopathy
- Shin pain: tibialis anterior syndrome
- Knee pain: patellar tip syndrome
- Hip pain: greater trochanteric pain syndrome
- Lower back pain: idiopathic lower back pain, radicular and pseudoradicular lower back pain
- Tennis elbow: lateral epicondylitis
- Golf elbow: medial epicondylitis
- Shoulder pain: calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder
- Shoulder pain: subacromial pain syndrome
- Chronic neck and back pain: myofascial trigger points (MFTPs)
- Osgood Schlatter disease (OSD)
What’s it Cost?
For a limited time, receive a Shockwave therapy treatment for only $185 per session! This same treatment can cost upwards of $300 elsewhere..
Are there any restrictions after the 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.
Will I feel any pain after the treatment?
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.
How many treatments will I need?
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.
Does the treatment hurt?
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.
Will Shockwave therapy help me?
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.
How often will I need the treatment?
Most indications require 3–5 treatments which are done 3–10 days apart, depending on the patient’s tolerance and their tissue response.
Contact us today to schedule your Shockwave therapy treatment while availability lasts!