Shockwave Therapy works!
Shockwave therapy delivers low-energy shockwaves to the tissue of the afflicted area of the body. That includes a micro trauma to the tissue and significantly reduces pain. At the same time it improves function, and the quality of life for patients.
This micro trauma triggers a healing response by the body, and it increases blood vessel formation and the amount of nutrients to the affected area.
Shockwave therapy can stimulate healing, and relieve symptoms. That is why it is most commonly a solution for plantar fasciitis.
Carol Frey, M.D. is a lead author on a confirmatory study determining the effectiveness and safety of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESW).
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive solution for:
• Heel Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Elbow Pain
• Tennis Elbow
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Lateral Epicondylitis
This therapy works well with tennis elbow
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESW) treats a growing number of tendon, joint and muscle conditions. These include tennis elbow https://westcoastorthopedics.com/pain-management/types-elbow-pain/. Results in double blind studies are excellent. Chronic tendinitis of the knee and shoulder rotator cuff pain, achilles tendinitis, hamstring tendinitis and plantar fasciitis are treated successfully as well.
The above conditions are often difficult to treat using other methods and can become chronic, with shockwave therapy patients report reduced pain and faster healing, and most of the time they are no adverse side effects.
Shockwave therapy can also promote bone healing and treat bone necrosis. This is why it is an effective alternative to surgical treatment of non-healing fractures.
Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue. They cause an overall medical effect of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration. All the processes mentioned here are typically used to treat chronic, sub-acute and acute (advanced users only) conditions.
Nutrient blood flow starts the repair process
Nutrient blood flow is necessary to start the repair processes of damaged tissue structure. The application of acoustic waves creates capillary microruptures in tendon and bone. They help the growth and the healing process.
As a result of these processes arterioles are remodeled. Most importantly, they are stimulated to grow and new ones are formed. The new blood vessels improve blood supply and oxygenation of the treated area and support faster healing of both the tendon and the bone.
The bottom line is shockwave therapy can be a great alternative to treat your injuries. We are fortunate enough to have the expertise in our office to make sure you get the right treatment for the right injury. If you have any other questions about this therapy, please do not hesitate to call our office.