What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used by physiotherapists as well as chiropractors to relieve various conditions. Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. The fact that it's a non-surgical treatment with no need for painkillers makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain.
How does Shockwave Work?
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.
Shockwaves are characterized by jump change in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity.
The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
What conditions can be treated with Shockwave Therapy?
Jumper’s Knee - Painful Shoulder - Plantar Fasciitis - Tennis Elbow - Heel Spur - Insertional Pain - Chronic Tendinopathy - Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome - Calcifications - Hip Pain
Will Shockwave Therapy help you?
Most patients with chronic pain problems have been through various unsuccessful types of treatments. Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem.
Does the treatment hurt?
There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
How many treatments does it take?
The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative, so you will typically need more than one (3–5) treatment. Very often though, you will experience relief right after the first treatment.
How often will I need the treatment?
Most indications require 3–5 treatments which are done 3–10 days apart, depending on the patient’s tolerance and their tissue response.
Will there be any pain after the treatment?
Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting.
If there is soreness or pain in the treated area, patients should NOT take any anti-inflammatory medicines or ice the area. Inflammation in the treated area facilitates the healing process.
Are there any restrictions after treatment?
Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting. Do NOT take any anti-inflammatory medications or ice the area.