Can Shockwave Therapy Help Heal Injuries?

Shockwave Therapy can heal injuries, with the additional benefit that it is also relieving pain at the same time. Results of various studies have shown that Shockwave Therapy is an up-and-coming treatment for injuries. In a study about using Shockwave for tendon injuries, it was indicated that the treatment works for tendon, bone, and tendon-bone injuries. In fact, the success rate ranges from 60% to 80% in epicondylitis, plantar fasciitis, cuff tendinitis, trocanteritis, Achilles tendinitis or jumper’s knee. 

Injuries happen all the time, especially if you’re an athlete. Certain sports injuries, such as heel bone spurs (Plantar Fasciitis), is one injury that often happens to athletes. In a study about Shockwave Therapy and wound healing, it was indicated that the treatment not only helps with the pain from the wound, but also helps heal it. The study concluded that Shockwave Therapy does promote healing. It was also indicated that further studies are necessary to investigate this breakthrough medical technology.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

A non-surgical procedure, Shockwave Therapy, uses a multi-disciplinary device. The device sends acoustic waves with specific physical characteristics, including nonlinearity, high peak pressure followed by low tensile amplitude, short rise time, and short duration (10 ms). The shockwaves, positive and negative, come in a single pulse, a wide frequency range (0-20 MHz) and a high-pressure amplitude (0-120 MPa).

The positive wave, the first wave, comes in a pulse and is the path for direct mechanical forces. The second wave, the negative wave, produces cavitation and gas bubbles, which inflate until implosion at high speeds This starts a reaction creating a second set of waves.

The shockwaves regenerate and repair the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shockwave Therapy is a great treatment for speeding up recovery from a variety of injuries.

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 fasciitis. More specifically, Shockwave Therapy can treat:

  • Tendinitis of the Shoulder – (Inflammation of shoulder joint tendons)
  • Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder (Acute calcification of shoulder joint tendons)
  • Radial and Ulnar Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Status Post Muscular Injury
  • Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee/Apex Patellae Syndrome)
  • Trochantheric Tendinopathy (Hip tendon inflammation)
  • Achillodynia/Achillobursitis (Inflammation of Achilles Tendons)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel/Feet pain)
  • Heel Spurs (bony outgrowth in the heel bone)
  • Myofascial trigger point therapy eg. neck (neck trigger-points or painful points in neck)
  • Myofascial trigger point therapy eg. back (muscular back pain, painful points in muscles)
  • Trochantheric Bursitis (Pain in the hip area and/or the iliotibial tract)
  • Periostitis/Shin Splints
  • Dupuytren’s disease (hand tendon issues)
  • Thumb Basal Joint Arthritis/Rhizarthritis (Can also be used for Exostoses of small hand joints, Pain on the palmar side of the wrist)
  • Periostitis/Tartan Syndrome (front/lower leg muscle issues)
  • Periostitis/Shin Splints (after overload)
  • Tibial stress syndrome (lower leg pain)
  • Muscular pain soleus / gastrocnemius (upper leg pain)
  • Muscular dysbalances (poor muscle synchronization)
  • Muscular pain quadratus lumborum / gluteus (posterior upper leg/buttocks pain)
  • Muscular pain quadriceps (upper front leg pain)
  • Induratio penis plastica (Bent Penis, Peyronie’s Disease)
  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Relieve pain caused by prostatitis (prostate gland inflammation/infection)
  • Trochantheric Bursitis (Pain in the hip area and/or the iliotibial tract)


6 Alternative Treatments for Healing Sports Injuries

There are five alternative treatments, besides Shockwave Therapy, that can help heal certain sport injuries. They include:

  1. Chiropractic manipulation
  2. Laser Treatments
  3. Dry needling
  4. Yoga
  5. Cupping
  6. Acupuncture

A combination of these treatments may be necessary to get complete healing. 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 injury. 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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