Pain can be a persistent and limiting force in our lives, affecting our ability to enjoy our favorite activities and even hampering day-to-day tasks. Chronic pain, often stemming from musculoskeletal conditions, can be a real challenge to manage. Thankfully, advancements in medical technology have introduced innovative solutions, and one such solution is shockwave therapy.
Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy acoustic waves to stimulate healing and regeneration processes in the body. These acoustic waves are delivered to the targeted area of the body in short, intense bursts, creating a shockwave effect. This technique triggers the body's natural healing responses, ultimately alleviating pain and promoting recovery.
The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Non-Invasive: Shockwave therapy is non-surgical, meaning it doesn't require incisions or anesthesia, reducing the risks associated with surgery.
Pain Relief: Shockwave therapy effectively manages pain by breaking down scar tissue, improving blood circulation, and releasing trigger points in the affected area.
Quick Recovery: Many patients experience faster recovery times, allowing them to return to their regular activities sooner.
Minimal Side Effects: Compared to more invasive treatments, shockwave therapy has minimal side effects, making it a safer option for many individuals.
Improved Mobility: Patients often report increased mobility and functionality in the treated area.
Conditions Treated with Shockwave Therapy
Calcific Shoulder Tendinopathy: Shockwave therapy can break down calcium deposits in the shoulder tendons, relieving pain and improving mobility.
Stress Fractures: Small fractures or stress reactions in bones can heal more quickly with the assistance of shockwave therapy.
Hip Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa sac in the hip joint can be alleviated with shockwave therapy.
Shin Splints: Pain along the shinbone caused by overuse can be managed with this therapy.
The Shockwave Therapy Process
Shockwave Therapy can be performed by our Physiotherapist, Chiro and Osteopath. But is mostly done by our Physic, James. During a shockwave therapy session, a healthcare professional will apply a gel to the area being treated to enhance the effectiveness of the acoustic waves. A handheld device is then used to deliver the shockwaves. While the procedure may cause some discomfort, it is generally well-tolerated, and sessions are relatively short.
How many sessions do I need?
Patients typically require several sessions over a few weeks to achieve optimal results. After each session, it is common for patients to experience a slight reduction in pain and an improvement in mobility. The full benefits of shockwave therapy are often realized a few weeks after the final session as the body continues its healing processes.
Is Shockwave Therapy Right for You?