Shockwave Therapy Treatments
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a medical treatment that uses
shockwaves, which are high-energy acoustic waves, to treat
a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. The shockwaves are
delivered to the affected area using a handheld device that
applies pressure waves to the skin. The waves penetrate
deep into the tissues and stimulate the body's natural
Shockwave therapy is often used to treat conditions such as
plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, and other
soft tissue injuries. The treatment is thought to work by
increasing blood flow to the affected area, stimulating the
production of new blood vessels, and promoting the release
of growth factors and other substances that help repair
The treatment is non-invasive and typically lasts between
15 and 30 minutes. Patients may experience some
discomfort during the procedure, but this is usually mild and short-lived. Most patients require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results, with treatment typically spaced out over several weeks.
Overall, shockwave therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and can help patients avoid more invasive treatments such as surgery. However, as with any medical treatment, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider to determine if shockwave therapy is right for you.
Who can benefit from Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy can benefit a wide range of individuals who are experiencing pain or discomfort related to musculoskeletal conditions. Some of the conditions that may be treated with shockwave therapy include:
Rotator cuff tendonitis
Low back pain
Patients who have not experienced relief from other forms of treatment, such as rest, physical therapy, or medication, may find that shockwave therapy provides significant relief of their symptoms.
Shockwave therapy may also be beneficial for athletes or individuals who participate in physical activities that place a high amount of stress on their musculoskeletal system. It may help improve recovery time and prevent further injury.
Overall, anyone who is experiencing pain or discomfort related to a musculoskeletal condition may benefit from shockwave therapy. However, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider to determine if shockwave therapy is right for you.
Contraindications for Shockwave Therapy?
While shockwave therapy is generally safe and well-tolerated, there are some contraindications and precautions that patients and healthcare providers should be aware of.
Contraindications for shockwave therapy include:
Use of blood thinning medications, such as warfarin or heparin
Presence of a pacemaker or other implanted electrical device
Active cancer or tumors in the area to be treated
Acute infections or inflammation in the treatment area
Open wounds or skin lesions in the treatment area
Neurological or vascular disorders in the treatment area
Children under the age of 18 years
Precautions for shockwave therapy include:
History of bleeding disorders or clotting disorders
Chronic pain syndrome
Use of immunosuppressive medications or steroids
Recent cortisone injections in the treatment area
History of seizures or epilepsy
It is important to discuss any medical conditions or medications with your healthcare provider before undergoing shockwave therapy to determine if it is safe and appropriate for you.