What is shockwave therapy? Shockwave therapy is a treatment in which pressure waves are used to help treat musculoskeletal conditions as well as reduce pain. This is a non-invasive procedure in which acoustic shock waves are used to target injured areas of the body providing natural pain relief without the need for invasive surgical procedures or prescription medications that often come with many side effects.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave therapy consists of treatments in which small energy waves are introduced through the skin. These waves move faster than the speed of sound and help to increase blood flow to an injured area of the body. Increased blood flow encourages the body’s healing response more rapidly. When you first begin treatments, an evaluation process helps to pinpoint the location of the painful areas, then a gel is applied to those areas to mark where the shockwaves will be administered.
Once the areas are identified, a handheld device that is specially designed for this treatment will introduce the shockwaves into the area through slow pulses. While the treatment is completely non-invasive, there may be some level of discomfort throughout the roughly 15 minutes of therapy, however, there is not a lot of downtime required following the treatments which means you can resume your regular activities immediately following the procedure.
Benefits of Shockwave Treatments
Shockwave treatments offer patients who suffer from chronic pain get relief quickly and provide a natural alternative to invasive procedures or prolonged prescription drug use. Most patients see results shortly following therapy.
Shockwave treatments have shown tremendous results in patients who suffer from a wide variety of conditions affecting muscle, bones, and tendons such as:
- Neck pain
- Back strains
- Knee injuries or pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Morton’s neuroma
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Calcific tendonitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Heel spurs
- Muscle trigger points
- Stress fractures
- And more
Shockwave therapy helps relieve pain for those who suffer from chronic inflammation and can provide a boost in collagen production which aids the body in connecting and supporting tissue. As is the case with most natural pain treatments, shockwave therapy treats the root cause of the pain.
By addressing the source of where the pain is coming from, pain relief is more effective and the results last much longer than symptom masking medications or risky surgeries that may require extensive downtime. Many physicians find themselves recommending shockwave treatments due to the possibility it has for faster tissue regeneration.
If you have recently sustained an injury from sports related activities or an accident, or if you are a long time sufferer of chronic pain, you may be in search of a natural solution for your pain. To learn more about shockwave therapy in Miami, Hollywood, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Coral Gables, or any city in Miami-Dade County, call us at (305) 705-0777 to schedule an appointment to see if shockwave therapy may be right for you and your specific condition.