About Shockwave Therapy
The next breakthrough treatment in orthopaedic medicine…
The best way to describe shockwave therapy is to explain that it is “an acoustic pressure wave”.
Shockwave Therapy sends acoustic shockwaves into bone or soft tissue, in effect re-injuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled re-injuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells. The resulting re-vascularization leads to faster healing, a chemically induced decrease in pain and sensitivity of the pain receptors, and often a return to pre-injury activity levels.
Originating in Europe, shockwave therapy is a scientifically proven treatment alternative with a scope ranging from; people with chronic pain some may have exhausted all other treatments available, to professional athletes. Shockwave therapy is a safe, non-invasive, out-patient alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders.
History of Shockwave Therapy
Medical Shockwave technology is not new; in fact, it’s been more than 30 years since physicians in Munich first used Shockwaves to treat a patient afflicted with kidney stones. Instead of removing the stone surgically, the physicians used Shockwaves to break the stone into small pieces, a process called lithotripsy, which then allows the small pieces to naturally leave the body. Since then, the medical potential for Shockwaves has expanded greatly. Orthopedists and sports physicians discovered the use of lower-energy Shockwaves in the early 1990s as a way to heal bones, muscles, tendon insertions and other parts of the body that suffered from chronic pain.
Shockwave Therapy changing orthopaedic medicine today…
Orthopaedic conditions such as tennis or golfer’s elbow, bursitis, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, chronic heel spurs, as well as frozen shoulders, and even stress fractures, can be treated gently and quickly, often succeeding in treating these conditions, when more traditional therapies have proven ineffective. Furthermore, turning to Shockwave therapy can help patients forgo surgery, along with the associated hospital bills and recovery times.