What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy involves application of shock waves (like a little earthquake, not an electrical shock) that carries high energy to pain points within the body. These short-bursts of energy or pulses accelerate the healing process in the body by:
- Enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue
- Breaking down scar tissue and adhesions.
The pulses occur in short bursts of time creating micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst. The energy from the burst of the bubble penetrates tissue and stimulates cells that are responsible for tissue healing.
What does Shockwave Therapy do?
- Decreases pain
- Increase local blood flow
- Break down scar tissue and adhesions
- Creates an optimal environment for cellular repair and tissue healing
What does Shockwave Therapy treat?
Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- ITB Syndrome
- Hamstring Tendonitis
- Scar tissue
- Shoulder pain
- Patellar tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendonitis
What should I expect from Shockwave Therapy?
The treatment can penetrate deep without damaging the superficial tissues. The stimulated growth of the new tissue helps to heal the old injury; making the tendon or ligament stronger and relieving pain. If you are a good candidate for Shockwave Therapy, you will typically require 3-5 treatments of Shockwave and your sessions are scheduled one week apart, to allow for optimal healing.
What is the effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy?
Is Shockwave Therapy painful?
Treatment is always to patient tolerance meaning 3 out of 10 on the pain scale is optimal. The treatment is only 5 to 10 minutes so most patients can handle the level of discomfort for that time. There are different settings that can be adjusted to the pain tolerance of the patient.
The majority of patients will notice a great deal of relief right after the treatment. In rare cases you may feel some soreness for approximately 24 hours after your session and you may have an inflammatory reaction which can include redness and local tissue swelling.
Is Shockwave Therapy covered by insurance?
At Performance Chiropractic Shockwave Therapy is covered by most extended health benefits plans as a Chiropractic visit because you will be treated by one of our Chiropractors. We can also direct bill to your extended health insurance provider.