If you are dealing with chronic pain, Shock Wave Therapy might be a treatment option you want to consider. Also known as Radial Pressure Wave Therapy, this is a treatment that can help reduce or eliminate chronic pain by applying shock waves to the point of origin.
Studies have lent credence to its effectiveness. Shock waves have been evaluated to help reverse tissue damage in afflicted ares of your body through tissue regeneration and healing.
How does shock wave therapy work?
We use a tool to subject the afflicted area(s) with high energy acoustic pulses. These pulses, the shock waves, are sound waves and thus there are no electric shocks with this treatment. The body reacts with a strong healing response with increased local metabolism, capillary growth, and tissue regeneration. Injured tissue, which by now has calcified, will start to be broken up and absorbed by your body.
What can shock wave therapy treat?
- We have used shock wave therapy to treat issues such as:
- Severe elbow pain from repetitive strains or tendonitis
- Severe shoulder pain from tendonitis
- Intense knee pain including osteoarthritis, torn meniscus
- Foot and ankle pain, including plantar fasciitis
- Hip pain
- Myofascial pain
- Ligament tears and sprains
- Tendonitis in your hand and thumb
What should I expect?
Because the shock waves use pulses to break down scar tissue, you will experience some mild discomfort. However, our clients have found this part of the process to be tolerable and they adjust to it as time progresses. Some temporary redness and brusiing my occur. You might feel an increase in soreness over the first 24 hours after the treatment because of the healing reaction, but this often subsides by the next day.
How many treatments?
The healing process is roughly 10-12 weeks. Most of our clients report improved conditions in 3-6 treatments done weekly. Shock wave therapy can be combined with other treatments.