What Is It?
Shockwave therapy is a type of non surgical treatment used to help recover acute or chronic pain. It is used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine.
How Does It Work?
This type of treatment uses a device that produces a series of low energy acoustic waves, and applying it to the injured parts of the body. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative process to bones, tendons and enhances blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.
During this process the therapist would first located the area that is to be treated by using palpation in order to deliver the therapy precisely.
They would then apply a amount of gel the area located in step 1. The use of gel is necessary in order to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly.
The therapist would then use the Shockwave applicator and would slightly push against the area to be treated and the start button is pressed.
The energy waves comes in contact with the damaged tissue, causing the body to increase blood flow to that certain area. This initiates vascular neogenesis and a reparative cycle and leads to fibroblastic production and new healthy tissue in the area that was once avascular tissue.
Pros About This Process
The advantages about this treatment is that its is non-invasive and does not require any anesthesia or drugs. There are also limited side effects, no scaring or rick of infections, which allows patients to have no downtime from doing what they love.
Patients usually experience immediate pain relief after the treatment. However, there may be some soreness in the areas treated within 2-4 hours after treatment.
There are also reports that show that shockwave therapy has 90% success rates.
The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. Typically patients would require 3-5 treatments. However, it is very often that patients experience relief right after the first treatment.
It is also recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially ones that involve the treated area of the body, for about 48 hours after each treatment session.
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