Many chiropractic centers are now incorporating the use of shockwave therapy in their practices to help patients heal various muscle and soft tissue injuries.
This is a noninvasive method that can be done in a free-standing clinical setting using a number of machines that are available on the market.
A wide number of conditions that chiropractors and physical therapists commonly treat can be treated effectively using this method.
How Shockwave Therapy Works
This type of Shockwave therapy uses sound waves, and there are several acoustic sound wave machines today suit the purpose well as they are small and relatively inexpensive. The sound waves penetrate the body’s tissues to alleviate the impact of injury that includes pain, stiffness, tightness, and scarring of the muscles bringing relief.
The process then helps stimulate the body’s natural healing and regenerative healing processes in the bones, connective tissues, soft tissues, and tendons. This is a fast process that requires a few days of healing time as opposed to longer healing recoveries for surgeries and other more invasive procedures.
This therapy stimulates the body to send healing blood supply to the targeted areas to speed healing and bring relief.
Types of Conditions That Shockwave Therapy Can Treat
There are several types of conditions that shockwave therapy is especially effective to treat.
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- Hamstring Injuries
- Calcific Tendonitis of the Shoulder and Other Body Parts
- Hip Dysplasia
- Tennis Elbow & Other Conditions
- Recent Clinical Studies Prove That This Therapy Works
Some recent studies show that this therapy can reduce pain and restore mobility in up to 91 percent of cases successfully. The way that shockwave therapy works is by way of inflammation reduction that then reduces the pain and other symptoms that most patients tend to experience.
In these studies, about 68 percent of the patients experienced a resolution of the calcium deposits.
What People Should Expect?
These shockwave therapy treatments are usually completed in several sessions, and for the full effect to be fully realized, the entire set of sessions should be completed as directed. Each patient will have a personalized treatment plan that will have a different set of treatment numbers based on the site and degree of injury.
What to Expect Prior to Procedure?
- This can be done in an office setting and does not require going to a hospital or an overnight stay.
- Follow all instructions before coming to your first session.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing to your appointments.
What to Expect During the Procedure?
- The device used works by releasing targeted amounts of compressed air pulses.
- Before the wand is placed over the targeted area, get will be applied. The wand will then be moved over the targeted area.
- This procedure is short, simple to complete and painless.
What to Expect Following the Procedure?
- After the procure, patients can return to normal activities without restrictions in most cases.
- It is not advised to undergo particularly strenuous activity or workouts immediately following the session.
- Do not apply ice to the site or take any OTC medications unless approved beforehand.
Are There Any Known Risks or Complications for Shockwave Therapy?
This is a relatively safe procedure, but there are some minor aftereffects that may be noticed.
- Slight Bruising
- Small Amount of Skin Redness to Site
- Temporary Site Numbness or Hypersensitivity
Any other more serious symptoms should be reported right away to your healthcare provider.
Are There Any Persons Who Should Not Undergo This Treatment?
There are some patients that may not be good candidates for this shockwavce therapy treatment.
These patients include:
- Women Who Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
- Certain Cancer Patients Especially Bone Cancers Taking Certain Meds
- Those with Certain Chronic Conditions
- Children or Those with Weakened Immune Systems
Always review your complete medical history with your provider before undergoing this procedure for safety.
Some Benefits of Shockwave Therapy in Chiropractic Settings
There are some key benefits of shockwave therapy that many different healthcare providers can take advantage of. Since the shockwave machine is small and portable, it can be done in any office type setting including chiropractic and therapy environments. At AZ Mulitcare, we provide Shockwave Therapy in Scottsdale, Arizona with a machine called the Chatanooga Intelect RPW 2.
Chiropractors are now offering this as part of their therapeutic services as it offers some important advantages without the adverse complications that other therapies often come with when they are prescribed.
These benefits include:
- Simple to Use & Operate
- Portable & Can Even Be Used At Home
- Can Be Used On an Ongoing Basis for Multiple Session without Complications
- Operator Can Control the Session
- The Procedure Is Relatively Comfortable for the Patient
- Can Prevent Complications Like White Finger Syndrome & Other Blood Supply & Nerve Compression Problems That Some Patients May Be Vulnerable To Experiencing
- Can Even Reverse the Bad Effects of Chronic Inflammation That Can Cause the Bad Symptoms Like Stiffness, Pain & Decreased Mobility of Bones, Joints & Muscles Following Injuries & Illnesses
- Improves Blood Supply to Site Providing Greater Oxygenation Needed for Healing
- Thought to Help with Collagen Synthesis Needed for Healing Also in Bone & Other Tissues
- May Help to Break Up Kidney Stones by Breaking Down Calcifications That Build Up Over Time Causing Scarring on Tissues
- Thought to Make Patients Less Sensitive to Pain in General
- Can Speed Recovery Times
- Shockwave Therapy Is Also Being Used on Gallstones in Some Healthcare Settings
- Chiropractors Generally Focus On Muscle, Joints, Bones & Connective Tissues Like Tendons, Ligaments & Nerves
Learn more about shockwave therapy by contacting AZMultiCare in Scottsdale, AZ, or call the office to schedule an appointment.