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"How Does Shockwave Therapy Work and What Conditions Can it Treat?"

shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy acoustic waves to stimulate healing in the body. Originally developed to break up kidney stones without surgery, shockwave therapy has since been adapted for various medical applications.

In medical practice, shockwave therapy is often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: A common cause of heel pain, shockwave therapy can help stimulate healing in the damaged tissue of the plantar fascia.

  • Tendonitis: It can be used to treat conditions such as Achilles tendonitis or patellar tendonitis by promoting tissue regeneration and reducing pain.

  • Calcific Tendonitis: Shockwave therapy can help break down calcium deposits in tendons, reducing pain and improving mobility.

  • Trigger Points: For conditions like myofascial pain syndrome, where muscle knots or trigger points cause pain and stiffness, shockwave therapy can be beneficial in reducing discomfort and improving range of motion.

  • Bone Healing: It's also used in orthopaedics to stimulate bone healing in cases of non-union fractures or delayed union fractures.

The mechanism of action behind shockwave therapy triggers a biological responses at the cellular level, promoting tissue regeneration, increasing blood flow, and reducing inflammation. Treatment sessions are usually conducted over a series of weeks, with each session lasting around 15-20 minutes depending on the area being treated.

A comprehensive treatment approach, including rehabilitation exercises, lifestyle modifications, and other interventions, may be necessary for optimal outcomes. Additionally, individual response to shockwave therapy can vary, so it's essential to work with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific condition.


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