Managing a musculoskeletal injury can be a long and challenging process, but shockwave therapy makes it easier. This innovative tool is praised for its ability to quickly and significantly reduce pain and improve the quality of life. It’s non-invasive and completely safe, and has a success rate that ranges from 65% to 91% depending on the injury.*
What is shockwave therapy?
Back in 1980, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) was introduced into clinical settings as a non-invasive tool for breaking down kidney stones and gallstones. Its effectiveness with lithotripsy suggested that it may also be useful in dealing with musculoskeletal disorders.
Today, shockwave therapy is a trusted tool commonly used in physiotherapy, orthopaedics, and sports medicine. Many scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of this simple and quick procedure in conditions like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, chronic back pain, and more. With no risks and a high success rate, shockwave therapy serves as an preferred alternative to surgery or painkillers.
How does it work?
Shockwave therapy is performed with a handheld device that sends low energy acoustic waves through the skin by way of a conducting gel. The device features a projectile that is controlled by compressed air, which creates the energy that is absorbed by the area being treated. This energy triggers the body to regenerate tissues and repair the injured area. If you were to receive a shockwave treatment at MOTUS, we would begin by discussing your injury. Your physiotherapist will assess your condition and create a treatment plan that may include things like specific exercises or stretches in addition to the shockwave therapy. A treatment plan will also lay out a schedule for shockwave therapy When it’s time to receive the therapy, your physiotherapist will decide on intensity and frequency of the pulses, and adjust your treatment to suit your needs. At MOTUS, we use a trusted brand called PiezoWave, which provides a focused penetration with variable depths. Treatment is applied directly to the injured area, allowing for a targeted therapy specific to the condition.
What are the benefits of shockwave therapy?
There are lots of benefits to shockwave therapy, starting with its many conveniences. As we’ve mentioned, ESWT is completely safe and has no serious side effects. It’s a simple, non-invasive substitution for complicated surgeries or prescription drugs. That makes it an accessible, easy solution for many chronic conditions, with a good cost to effectiveness ratio. Application of shockwave therapy controls pain by moderating the release of substance P, a neurotransmitter that directly relates to pain. A 2012 study found a direct relationship between the decrease of substance P and the pain reduction from shockwave treatment for tendon insertion diseases.** The therapy encourages healing by breaking apart calcifications that can form from trauma to the tendon. It also stimulates the production of collagen, which is necessary for repairing damaged musculoskeletal structures.
hockwave therapy is useful in its position between basic, initial treatments — like rest, ice, and compression — and major, costly treatments, like surgery. It gives physical therapists another tool for healing that comes with relatively fast, easy recovery. At worst, patients may experience some swelling or soreness in the area for a few days following the treatment. This is just a sign of the body healing itself as the therapy has encouraged it to do. ESWT provides a way for athletes and other patients to address a musculoskeletal injury quickly and efficiently so they can get back to play.
Is shockwave therapy right for me?
Our shockwave therapy is an ideal solution for ongoing tendinopathy that doesn’t seem to go away. Shockwave therapy can provide successful treatment for stubborn, chronic cases that aren’t responding to other forms of treatment. Studies have proven that shockwave therapy is effective at treating conditions such as shin splints, hip bursitis, chronic back pain, patellar tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis, and tennis and golfer’s elbow. Whether you are suffering from musculoskeletal pain as a result of a sports injury or an overuse injury, shockwave therapy might prove to be a good solution to your pain and immobility. If you are an Orange County resident with a chronic tendinopathy condition, consider contacting us at MOTUS about receiving shockwave therapy.
** Angela Notarnicola and Biagio Moretti – The biological effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (eswt) on tendon tissue