Shockwave Therapy (Full name: Extracorporeal shock wave therapy) is a modern pain management solution that has been found to be highly effective in providing pain relief and restoring mobility.
In particular, it has proven to be more effective in treating injuries involving tendons or ligaments that typically have a prolonged prognosis (recovery time) when using traditional treatment methods.
It is most commonly used for: 1) Achilles tendinopathy 2) Plantar fasciitis 3) Tennis/Golfers Elbow 4) Patellar tendonitis (jumpers knee) 5) Rotator cuff tendinopathy 6) Shin splints 7) Painful trigger points
HOW IT WORKS..
Shockwave therapy uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate metabolism and improve blood circulation. This means :
1) Immediate pain relief
2) Accelerated healing process
3) Deeper penetration to target deep tissue areas
With that said, for optimum results with shockwave therapy, it has to be used as an adjunct to traditional treatment methods which will include manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation and biomechanical corrections.
TIP: IDENTIFY & FIX the TRUE CAUSE of the problem, otherwise it will most likely return later down the track.
Citation: - Rasmussen, S., Christensen, M., Mathiesen, I., & Simonsen, O. Shockwave therapy for chronic Achilles tendinopathy. A double-blind, randomized clinical trial of efficacy (2008). - Kudo, P., Dainty, K., Clarfield, M., Coughlin, L., Lavoie, P., Lebrun, C. Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial Evaluating the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis with an Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) Device: A North American Confirmatory Study (2005).