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Dec 2015

What Is Shockwave Therapy Used For?

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Dynamic Physiotherapy is known as a leader and specialist in the field of shockwave therapy. But what exactly is shockwave therapy and what is it used for?

Shockwave Therapy

In short, shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, highly effective and efficient therapy which reduces chronic pain, accelerates healing, and regenerates injured tissue.s. It does this all in just days.

How Does it Work?

Shockwave therapy can be performed in your physiotherapist’s office and a treatment takes as little as ten minutes.

During shockwave therapy, a high-intensity sound wave is transmitted directly into the tissues of the body. There is expected discomfort and pain during the procedure, with ultrasound jelly or castor oil used during the therapy to alleviate the pain.

The soundwave re-injures the area in a way that allows new blood vessels and bone cells to grow. It breaks up scarring and increases blood flow, allowing the area to heal faster.

Clinical studies have shown an 80-85% success rate for shockwave therapy when it comes to pain management, and/or elimination, and general success in speeding up recovery time.

Depending on the severity of the injury, the number of treatments needed can range from four-ten.

What is it Used For?

Shockwave therapy has been found highly effective in treating the following:

  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Scar Tissue Treatment
  • Muscle Knots
  • Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Shin Pain
  • Chronic neck/back/shoulder pain
  • Whiplash

As you can see, most injuries associated with joints and tendons make one a good candidate for shockwave therapy.

Is It Safe?

The short answer is yes, shockwave therapy is very safe! Though there is often pain and discomfort during and immediately after treatment, this is expected to subside within a few days. While temporary side effects may include swelling, bruising, soreness, or numbness, they do not last long, and patients usually regain regular function almost immediately.

There have been no serious side effects or complications reported following shockwave therapy.

There are however, certain conditions which make someone unable to receive shockwave therapy. These conditions include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Coagulation disorders
  • Thrombosis
  • Tumour diseases
  • Pacemakers
  • Metal Implants
  • Severe Inflammation
  • Growing children
  • Polyneurotherapy

If you have questions about shockwave therapy, and whether or not it can help you, please contact Dynamic Physiotherapy today!

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