Progressive Rehab Clinic offers shockwave therapy for patients requiring this form of treatment. Shockwave therapy is where short, high intensity and frequent bursts of shockwaves are released into the affected soft-tissue areas that are inflamed, scarred, injured, painful, or contain adhesions.
The shockwaves are not electrical impulses, but rather a type of RPW (radial pressure wave) that is a form of mechanical energy. The RPW is applied carefully at the right frequency to treat affected areas. As it passes through the soft-tissue, it creates a shockwave that helps increase healing and improves blood circulation.
In addition, shockwave treatment can help break down adhesions, scar tissue, and lower pain in the affected area, as well as reduce the frequency of related muscle spasms.
What Happens During Shockwave Treatment?
During shockwave treatment several things occur at various levels below the affected soft-tissue. These could include:
- Increased Blood Flow: Proper blood flow promotes the healing process. When blood flow is restricted healing is slowed. Shockwave treatments help restore proper blood flow for faster healing.
- Reduced Pain: The RPWs interrupt the neurons in nerve endings during treatment. This interruption prevents the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. As a result, patients notice a reduction of associated pain in the affected area.
- Cellular Changes: The cells in the treated area are stimulated. The stimulation increases the release of free radicals in the regions. Free radicals are substances that help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Reduced Muscle Tone: Shockwave treatment helps lower muscle tone, which helps reduce the occurrence of spasms. In addition, this reduction also helps alleviate muscle pain and discomfort.
What Conditions Is Shockwave Treatment Used For?
At Progressive Rehab Clinic, shockwave treatment can be prescribed as part of your physiotherapy treatment plan. It has been shown to aid patients suffering from the following conditions:
- Heel/Foot Pain
- Hell Spurs
- Plantar Fasciitis
- IT Band Syndrome
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Heterotopic/Myositis Ossification
- Tennis Elbow, and More
How Long Do Shockwave Treatments Take?
Shockwave Treatments are generally short in duration. They typically last between three to five minutes. Afterwards, your physiotherapist can perform other types of therapy, based upon your specific treatment plan.
Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?
Most of our patients report only a minor discomfort during their treatments. Initially, the discomfort experienced quickly fades as the treatment progresses because the area becomes numb. Intensity levels are adjustable to fit your own level of comfort.
After treatments, the treated area can be slightly inflamed with some minor soreness. However, this is a normal response from the treatment. Your physiotherapist can provide further details as well as whether this form of treatment would be beneficial for you.
How Many Treatments Are Needed to Be Successful?
Some patients report noticed improvement after their first treatment. On average, most patients start to see improvement after three treatments. Many patients also have reported they have continued to experience improvements for several weeks after their last treatment.