What is Shock Wave Therapy?
Shock wave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that includes creating a series of low-energy acoustic wave pulsations directly applied to the injured part of the patient's skin. A gel is used as the medium of application. This concept is based on the fact that focused sound waves could break down kidney and gallstones. This therapy can be used to treat persistent injuries or pain resulting from illness. The treatment's main aim is to trigger the body's natural healing response without resorting to painkillers. It has been reported by many patients that they have improved mobility and reduced pain after the first treatment.
In what complaints can shock wave therapy be used to treat?
Shock wave therapy can be used to treat a range of criticisms of the body.
- Shock wave therapy can be used to treat the most common tendon complaints like the painful Achilles tendons, patellar tendons, supraspinatus, and tennis elbow.
- It can help treat common bone pathologies such as shin splints and greater trochanteric pain syndrome.
- Shock treatment can treat certain neurological disorders. Shock therapy is successful for muscle treatment of spasticity, both in adults with hemiplegia and children with cerebral palsy.
- To treat the trigger points, muscle pain, and muscle hypertonia.
- It can treat the complaints of the connective tissue with known applications of shock therapy.
What are the benefits of Shock Wave Therapy?
Shock wave therapy has many benefits for patients who have been suffering from chronic pain for several years. It offers an excellent alternative to painkillers and surgery and is less invasive, less stressful, and more focused on the body's self-healing qualities.
- This procedure is a non-invasive solution for chronic pain in your shoulder, back, heel, knee, or elbow.
- It has limited side- effects when compared to other forms of treatments.
- It does not require anesthesia and drugs.
- This treatment is very cost-effective.
- It has applications in the field of orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sports medicine.
- It has a positive effect on acute pain.
- It treats the cause, not the symptoms.
- It is a reliable and scientifically proven form of therapy for many complaints.
How does the Shock Wave Therapy Treatment work?
The physiotherapist first examines the patient and determines the body area which has to receive the shock wave therapy. A gel is applied to the painful area. A shock wave device is then used, a hand-piece consisting of a fast-moving projectile controlled by a compressor. This projectile transmits energy to the applicator, generating radial shock waves spread and absorbed by the body. The frequency and pressure of the waves are adjusted according to the requirement.
After the shock waves are given, you may experience temporary soreness, tenderness, or swelling for a few days, as the shock waves stimulate an inflammatory response. This response is the body's way of healing itself naturally. Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications as it may slow down the recovery process. After the completion of the treatment, you can immediately resume your daily activities.
Call us at 503-691-2000 or schedule an online appointment to know more about Shock Wave Therapy.