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May 2015

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

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For those suffering from chronic pain, there may be many treatment options that seem ineffective and not worth the investment. Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is an exciting procedure that has seen successful results in recent years.

Shockwave Therapy 101

Because there is no need for surgery and recovery time is virtually nil, SWT has dramatically risen in popularity. The treatment is relatively new but the benefits that patients have found through this procedure have been substantial. If you’re interested in Shockwave Therapy, read on to see how this practice can help eliminate pain.

Who can Benefit from Shockwave Therapy?

  • Golfer’s or tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis (shoulders)
  • Trochanteric bursitis (hips)
  • Stress-related fractures (i.e. shin splints)

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

SWT uses short, but intense, bursts of shockwaves to treat affected areas. Repeated shock to those affected areas stimulates new blood flow and improves circulation. Over time, this process allows the damaged tissue to heal. SWT also has the ability to ‘kick start’ the brain, which may have forgotten about the pain in the affected area. Our brains become used to certain circumstances, and learn how to tolerate even the most uncomfortable situations.

By sending shockwaves to the affected area, a new round of inflammation is triggered. This sends signals to the brain, which then reacts by dispersing the appropriate nutrients to promote healing.

How Effective is it?

Doctors say Shockwave Therapy has a success rate of about 75 – 91%. Studies have shown the greatest benefits lie for those suffering from tennis elbow, heel spurs and tendonitis of the shoulder cuff.

Is Shockwave Therapy Right for Me?

Although SWT is a very effective treatment, it’s important to consult with your healthcare professional before engaging in any sessions. Here are some points to consider when deciding whether this treatment is appropriate for your needs:

  • Shockwave Therapy is typically used when all other treatment options are exhausted
  • It is used to treat chronic pain that has persisted for more than three months
  • Usually booked as 3-5 treatments once per week for 3-5 weeks
  • Patient then waits 3 weeks (with no treatments) to allow time for affected area to heal

If you think SWT may be right for you, contact Dynamic Physiotherapy for an assessment and see firsthand how this exciting new procedure has healed millions of people worldwide!

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