Pain Management Services
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment method used to alleviate pain and promote healing in many conditions. The therapy involves the use of high-energy sound waves, which are directed to the affected parts of the body. These sound waves stimulate the body’s natural healing process and can significantly reduce pain.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave therapy works by delivering shockwaves, or high-energy sound waves, to the affected area. These shockwaves initiate a process called neovascularization, where new blood vessels form. This improves blood flow to the area, which encourages the body’s natural healing process and helps to relieve pain.
Conditions Treated with Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy is widely used in the treatment of several conditions including:
Plantar Fasciitis: This therapy is often used to alleviate the chronic heel pain associated with this condition.
Tennis Elbow: Shockwave therapy can help to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by this repetitive stress injury.
Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder: This condition causes severe shoulder pain, and shockwave therapy can help to break down the calcium deposits causing the inflammation.
Erectile Dysfunction: Shockwave therapy is an emerging treatment for erectile dysfunction, particularly when it is caused bypoor blood flow.
The Shockwave Therapy Procedure
The shockwave therapy procedure is relatively straightforward. A healthcare provider will apply a gel to the treatment area to help the
shockwave device make better contact with the skin. The device is then moved in a circular motion over the treatment area. Patients
may experience a slight tingling sensation during the procedure, but it is generally not painful.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy has many benefits including:
– Non-invasive: This therapy does not involve surgery, making it a less risky option for pain management.
– Quick and effective: Each session usually lasts about 15-20 minutes and patients often report relief after their first few treatments.
– No downtime: Patients can generally resume their normal activities immediately after treatment.
Side Effects and Risks
Like all treatments, shockwave therapy carries some risks. Some patients may experience minor side effects such as slight reddening of the skin, swelling, or minor pain after treatment. These side effects usually subside within a few days. It’s important to discuss any potential risks or side effects with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.
Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions, particularly those causing chronic pain. If you are suffering from persistent pain and are looking for a non-invasive solution, shockwave therapy could be an excellent option. Always consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment for your specific needs.