Shockwave therapy is becoming a popular choice for those who are dealing with acute or chronic pain. What is shockwave therapy? Sometimes referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), it is a technology-based therapy used to treat chronic musculoskeletal system conditions.
It works by using acoustic waves to carry energy to targeted regions, accelerating tissue repair and cell growth while restoring mobility and leading to reduced pain levels. This treatment uses the body’s natural responses to stimulate healing.
Here are some important facts that you should know about shockwave therapy.
Shockwave therapy is often a preferred treatment since it is a non-invasive option. There are no incisions, no stitches, no scarring, and no lengthy recovery periods. You don’t need to worry about possible infection or any of the other possible issues that can come with more invasive options. Plus, there is also no need for anesthesia.
Once the treatment area is located, the gel is applied to the area which helps transfer the acoustic waves. The shockwave applicator is then gently pressed against the region so the waves can be transferred to the body.
There tend to be no major shockwave therapy side effects. Some people may experience slight discomfort during the process, but the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted so that you do not experience pain.
You may have some soreness in the area a few hours after the treatment, but any soreness, tenderness, or swelling shouldn’t last more than a few days. The feeling is generally similar to what you would feel after a strenuous workout. You can return to most regular activities immediately following the treatment.
Those who suffer from certain circulation or nerve disorders, infections, bone tumors, or metabolic bone conditions should not use shockwave therapy, nor should anyone who has open wounds, severe circulatory disorders, or who is pregnant.
It’s Not Just for Tendon Injuries
Shockwave therapy can help with tendon injuries, but it can also be used to treat a variety of other conditions, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel Spurs
- Myofascial Trigger Points in muscles
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- and many other issues.
It’s Not Time Consuming
In addition to being non-invasive, shockwave therapy treatments are also not time-consuming. The average treatment lasts only four or five minutes, though this depends on your condition. This makes them an excellent choice for today’s busy world.
While you may experience pain relief almost immediately, the effects tend to be most noticeable after the second or third treatment. However, you will likely be able to return to your regular activities shortly after treatment, so you won’t be sidelined for a long time.
There Are Two Types: Focused and Radial
There are two types of shockwave therapy: radial and focused. Radial is typically the most common type, but the focus is also growing in popularity. Each type has its own benefits and the type used in your situation will depend on your condition.
Radial shockwave therapy uses waves that originate from the center and move outwards in a circle. These waves gave their greatest energy in the center and weaken as they spread. This process is often used to provide therapy over larger areas of the body.
Focused shockwave therapy is more precise and concentrated over a smaller area. This enables a higher energy density in a smaller region. This process is typically used to provide treatment to a very specific point.
Your therapist will determine the type of therapy that is best for you based on your complaint.For more information on shockwave therapy, please do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Physiotherapy@Woodbridge in Ontario. Give our experienced team a call at 289-475-2147 or use our online booking service to book a one-to-one consultation with one of our experts today.