Based on worldwide medical experience, Shockwave Therapy is a safe and effective alternative to traditional treatments for tendons and chronic soft tissue conditions.. Shockwave therapy relieves pain and provides a quicker recovery period with no serious side effects. This therapy may eliminate the need for surgery altogether, which is expensive and can have complications. There are very few risks involved with shock wave therapy. The most common side effects are some pain during and after treatment. There are rare occurrences of minor bruising, reddening, swelling and numbness after treatment. These symptoms will resolve within days to weeks.
Shockwave therapy was originally developed to break up kidney stones without surgery. The therapy was approved in the early 1980’s and is the treatment of choice for urinary stones. Doctors around the world have used this same shockwave technology to cure musculoskeletal conditions since the early 1990’s.
The Shockwave device delivers focussed pressure waves to the injured tissue through the skin. The shock waves actually stimulate your body’s own repair mechanism by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and increasing protein synthesis.
Three to six treatments are delivered at weekly intervals. Patients usually experience an immediate decrease in symptoms after treatment. However, the full healing effects will take weeks to months. Globally around 80% of patients see a significant improvement after treatment a course of treatment.
Is Shock Wave Therapy Right For Me?
Most Musculoskeletal conditions whose name ends in “itis” or “osis” can be treated with Shockwave Therapy. As a rule, it works best with stubborn conditions.
Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, patellar tendonitis, bursitis, hip pain, Illiotibial band syndrome, Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Shoulder pain, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Spurs, and Calcium Deposits.
The treatment also shows promise for healing diabetic ulcers, stress fractures and as a pre-surgical healing promoter.
Shockwave therapy is safe for most people. There are some patients and conditions that cannot be treated.
1. Patients with malignant tumors in the treatment area
2. Pregnant patients with conditions in the abdominal region
3. High energy treatment over the lung fields
4. Treatment over open growth plates in children and adolescents
5. Treatment over the spinal cord – although research is ongoing
5. Patients with clotting or bleeding disorders
Fast Safe Effective
Shockwave Therapy has several advantages over conventional treatments.
- Drug-free: which reduces the chance of unwanted side effects.
- Non-invasive: which means it’s a much safer alternative to surgery.
- Fast: treatments take an average of 15 minutes.
- No downtime: Most people can resume activity immediately with no time off work. However, intense exercise may need to be limited for a while.
- Effective: success rates of approximately 80% after 3 months. This compares favorably with surgical outcomes.
Medical and musculoskeletal practitioners can refer you for Shockwave therapy. Generally, they will perform the appropriate tests to confirm your diagnosis and help target the treatment properly. This usually involves ultrasound or advanced imaging studies like MRI. Occasionally laboratory tests will also be required. You will be required to arrange with your physician to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medication for a month prior to treatment to ensure best results.