What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a modality that uses energy pulses (shockwaves) that are transmitted to the body's tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones for short periods of time. These shockwave pulses help to accelerate healing in the tissues by stimulating metabolism and blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. This process helps to stimulate cells to the area of injury that are responsible for connective tissue and bone healing.
What Does Shockwave Treat?
Shockwave therapy allows chiropractors to treat a variety of conditions that may not respond as well to other forms of manual therapies and modalities. Your chiropractor may recommend a course of shockwave treatment depending on the condition and severity of injury. Conditions that shockwave may be beneficial include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Medial & Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow & Golfer's Elbow)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Calcific Tendonitis
- Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)
- Hamstring Injuries
- And More!
How Long Is A Shockwave Treatment?
Shockwave therapy treatments can vary in length of treatment and amount of treatments needed. For most injuries, shockwave treatments last anywhere from 10-20 minutes and require 3-6 treatments. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough assessment and help to answer any questions you may have about shockwave therapy.
Dr. Courtney Means