The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

Understanding of Shockwave Therapy
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What is Shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy a noninvasive therapy that’s been used in orthopedics for years to help heal broken bones, injured ligaments, and injured tendons. 

It has also been used to improve wound healing. Shockwave therapy does this by targeting high-energy sound waves, this can speed up tissue repair and cell growth which will stimulate cell regeneration, and reduce inflammation. This can help to alleviate pain and promote healing.

Areas for shockwave therapy treatment?

Shockwave therapy can be applied to various parts of the body to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Some common areas where shockwave therapy is used include:

“Shockwave therapy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and typically requires multiple sessions for optimal results. It’s considered a safe and effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions.”

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Who is suitable for shockwave therapy?

This type of treatment is suitable for many people with various musculoskeletal conditions, but it may not be appropriate for everyone. Generally, it may be suitable for individuals who:

  1. Have chronic pain or a musculoskeletal condition that has not responded to other treatments such as rest, medication, or physical therapy.
  2. Want to avoid surgery or other invasive procedures.
  3. Are not pregnant, as the effects of such treatment on pregnant women have not been studied extensively.
  4. Do not have certain medical conditions that may be contraindicated for shockwave therapy, such as infections, blood clotting disorders, or certain types of tumors.

However, it’s important to consult with our specialist to determine if this treatment is appropriate for your specific condition. These may include:

  • Medical history: Our specialist will review your medical history to ensure that this therapy is safe for you. They will look for any conditions or medications that may increase the risk of complications.

  • Current health status: Your current health status, including any acute or chronic conditions, will be evaluated to determine if such therapy is appropriate.

  • Specific condition: The type and severity of your musculoskeletal condition will be assessed to determine if this therapy is likely to be effective. Some conditions respond better than others.

  • Other treatments: Our doctor may consider what other treatments you have tried and whether this therapy is a reasonable next step in your treatment plan.

  • Expectations: Our doctor will discuss your expectations for treatment and whether they are realistic based on the potential outcomes.

  • Contraindications: Certain conditions may contraindicate this therapy, such as pregnancy, certain types of tumors, infections in the treatment area, or blood clotting disorders. These factors will be taken into account when determining suitability for treatment.

  • Overall health: Your overall health and fitness level may influence your ability to undergo and recover from such therapy. Our doctor will consider these factors when evaluating your suitability for treatment.

Recovery outlook for shockwave therapy?

The recovery outlook for shockwave therapy can vary depending on the individual, the condition being treated, and other factors. In general, many people experience some improvement in their symptoms shortly after starting their therapy, but it may take several weeks or even months to achieve the full benefits of the treatment.

After a shockwave therapy session, you may experience some mild discomfort or soreness in the treated area, but this usually resolves within a few days. It’s important to follow any instructions provided by our healthcare team, such as resting the treated area or avoiding certain activities, to help promote healing and prevent further injury.

Some people may require multiple of this type of therapy sessions to achieve the desired results. Our healthcare team will discuss a treatment plan with you based on your specific condition and response to treatment.

Overall, the recovery outlook for shockwave therapy is generally positive, with many people experiencing significant improvements in their symptoms and function. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations and to follow our healthcare team’s recommendations for the best possible outcome.

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