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What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a highly efficient, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain in the musculoskeletal system. Richard Wolf, one of the innovators in medical technology worldwide for more than 100 years, has developed a new pain therapy device. Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy has been used in the treatment of chronic pain since the ’90s.

The heart of the WellWave is the ergonomic planar therapy source. As a powerful system for pain therapy, it significantly expands the range of application in cases of myofascial pain syndrome:

Thanks to the wide range of applications of shock wave therapy, the WellWave is an excellent addition to any modern, progressive practice.

Common Conditions Treated by Shockwave Therapy

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

There are many benefits related to Shockwave Therapy, Depending on the ailment that brings you in for treatment, the benefits can be endless! Some of the most beneficial advantages for Shockwave Therapy include:

  • A non-surgical treatment option
  • Accelerates healing which reduces pain and discomfort rapidly
  • No known side-effects
  • Coverage available through most insurance companies
  • Treatment does not require anesthesia
  • Patients can be treated on both sides of the body at the same time
  • Fast, safe, and effective
  • Decrease pain and increase function
  • No incision; no risk of infection at the treatment site; no scarring
  • Future treatment options are not limited
  • Treatment is very cost-effective

How Do Shockwaves Work?

Shockwaves are audible high-energy sound waves. They have been employed in the medical world since around 1980, initially used to disintegrate kidney stones, for instance. With our modern pain therapy, the shock wave generator conducts energy to the painful body regions, where healing capacities then take place.

The healing process is accelerated by activating the body’s self-healing powers. The shock waves stimulate new vessel blood formation or “neovascularization” to the damaged area leading to blood circulation and metabolism, where the damaged tissue will gradually regenerate and eventually heal.

Are There Possible Side Effects/Complications?

The extracorporeal wave has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may experience some minor discomfort, which may continue for a few days. Similar to what you may experience after a full day’s work or intense exercise.

What Is the Expected Progress?

The beneficial effects of Shockwave therapy are often experienced after only 3 to 5 treatments. Some patients report immediate relief after the treatment although it can take potentially up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin and between 9 to 12 weeks to see the positive benefits. Studies demonstrate the most significant healing is between 6 and 9 weeks. This procedure can possibly reduce pain and potentially restore mobility.

How Is The Treatment Performed?

The pain region is localized and discussed with the patient. A coupling gel is then applied to the treatment area, where the handpiece will be placed on the region to generate shock waves. The applicator is moved in a circular motion over the pain region for the duration of the treatment. The shock waves are converted into sound energy once the kinetic energy hits the body’s immovable tissues. Each session takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the disorder being treated and is scheduled at weekly intervals.

Why Consider Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional methods and without the risks, complications and lengthy recovery time. Shockwave Therapy does not require anesthesia, requires a minimal amount of time, patients can weight bear immediately, and return to normal activity within a few days of the procedure.

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