Some musculoskeletal conditions are stubborn and refuse to respond to more traditional forms of physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy offers patients a new and innovative treatment method that is gaining popularity through successful, long-lasting treatments.
While doctors originally used the technology to break down gallstones and kidney stones, shockwave therapy is now commonly used for many musculoskeletal conditions (particularly those related to connective tissues), such as heel spurs, tennis elbow, hip bursitis, shin splints, chronic muscular pain and more.
Shockwave therapy begins with a gel being applied to the patient’s skin. Through this gel, doctors send low energy sound waves into the body, targeting the injured area. These low energy pulses directly engage the body’s natural healing processes, increasing tissue regeneration and quickening blood flow. Unlike some other forms of therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy is non-invasive and requires no medication or painkillers, allowing most patients access to a natural healing alternative. A major benefit of shockwave therapy is its ability to treat pain at its root cause, leading to long-term pain relief. In clinical studies, shockwave therapy has proven to have over a 70% success rate, even amongst patients with stubborn and persistent conditions.
With no side effects or risks, shockwave therapy is the therapy of choice for many patients. While patients may experience mild discomfort during the process, a session only lasts roughly five minutes, and the intensity of the pulses can be adjusted according to the patient’s pain tolerance. Any discomfort experienced during the session recedes as soon as it is done.
Ask us today if shockwave therapy is the right treatment method for you. Unless you have a pacemaker or are pregnant, you should have no problem with this form of physiotherapy.