The Shocking Treatment you should try today
If you’ve been struggling with musculoskeletal issues, then shockwave therapy could be your solution. Many people are wary when they hear the term “shockwave therapy”, but it’s a safe and effective procedure.
Here is everything you need to know!
What is Shockwave Therapy (SWT), and how does it work?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option for various unpleasant musculoskeletal disorders. The term “shockwave” can be confusing to some. The device is not delivering an electric shock but rather rapid succession of acoustic pulses. It feels a bit like a tiny jackhammer.
SWT helps your body heal faster by stimulating and speeding up the healing process. According to research, after all the underlying issues are addressed, the success rate is around 80%.
What conditions can be treated?
Shockwave therapy can treat chronic tendon issues in the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, Achilles, and sole of the foot.
It is recommended for conditions such as
- heel pain (plantar fasciitis),
- tennis elbow,
- tendonitis of the shoulder,
- tendinopathies of the Achilles tendon,
- trochanteric bursitis.
What is involved in the treatment?
The therapist will first assess you and your symptoms to make sure shockwave is the right treatment for you. You will generally have three or more treatments, one week apart. It is delivered using an applicator that produces vibrations, transmitting the shockwaves to your tissues. It can feel slightly uncomfortable, and this is carefully monitored by your therapist, who can adjust the intensity and will make sure that your comfort level is not exceeded..
How successful is the treatment?
Shockwave has been shown to be effective in over 80% of patients treated. This figure can be improved if the treatment is used together with other interventions such as strength exercises, activity modification, etc. Your therapist will advise you on what else you need to improve your symptoms and return to your chosen activities.
Are there any side effects?
If you have a circulation or nerve problem, an infection, a bone tumor, or a metabolic bone issue, shockwave therapy isn’t recommended for you. Shockwave therapy should also be avoided if any open wounds or tumors exist and during pregnancy. People who use blood thinners or have significant circulation problems may also be ineligible for therapy.
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