Can Shockwave Therapy Help Relieve Pain?

Yes, Shockwave Therapy could just be the answer to relieve your pain! Shockwave Therapy provides pain relief almost instantly without prescription drugs. If you’ve ever been to physical therapy, your physical therapist probably has used Shockwave Therapy to treat you. 

With the growing opioid crisis sweeping across the United States, patients and doctors are looking toward alternative treatments for pain. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is one treatment that has proven to be successful in the fight against pain. Specifically, Shockwave Therapy has been used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. 

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical procedure using a multi-disciplinary device. It sends acoustic waves that have certain physical characteristics, including nonlinearity, high peak pressure followed by low tensile amplitude, short rise time, and short duration (10 ms). They have a single pulse, a wide frequency range (0-20 MHz) and a high-pressure amplitude (0-120 MPa).

The waves produced are positive and negative. The first wave, the positive wave, comes in a pulse and is the means for direct mechanical forces. The next wave, the negative phase, produces cavitation and gas bubbles, which eventually implode at high speeds, sending off a second set of waves.

The waves promote regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shockwave Therapy is ideal for speeding up recovery and curing various conditions causing acute and chronic pain.

What are the Results of Using Shockwave Therapy?

The ultimate result of using Shockwave Therapy is the relief of pain. The mechanisms of action for the procedure are the following: promote neovascularization at the tendon-bone junction, stimulate proliferation of tenocytes and osteoprogenitor differentiation, increase leukocyte infiltration, and amplify growth factor and protein synthesis to stimulate collagen synthesis and tissue remodeling. 

In a study conducted with 250 patients, the clinically relevant effectiveness of focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis was tested. With a success rate between 50 and 65 percent, it was found that Shockwave Therapy is extremely effective in treating this painful heel condition. 

What Can Shockwave Therapy be Used for?

Shockwave Therapy is primarily used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as upper and lower extremity tendinopathies, greater trochanteric pain syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome, patellar tendinopathy, plantar fasciopathy.

Other Treatments for Pain

With so many alternative treatments for pain, especially Shockwave Therapy, there’s no reason to have to take painkillers. Some of these treatments include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Marijuana
  • Exercise
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Supplements and vitamins
  • Physical Therapy
  • Stress-reduction techniques

A combination of these treatments may be necessary to get total relief from your pain. Before trying any treatment, you should always speak to your doctor first. Your doctor can recommend the best treatment for you.

If you are interested in Shockwave Therapy, fill out the form below or call our medical center for more information. We are happy to explain and assist you with finding the right treatment for your pain. We are dedicated to providing the best possible care without the use of prescription drugs and will always look for alternative options to treat you.

 

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