Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for those suffering from joint and tendon disorders. Shockwave therapy sends shock waves into the bone or soft tissue, reinjuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled reinjuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells. The resulting revascularization leads to faster healing and a return to pre-injury activity levels.
Shockwave therapy is effective for pain management for multiple reasons: The shock waves stimulate a metabolic reaction in the affected tissue, causing stress fibers to develop and/or change in their permeability: they generate cavitation bubbles that break down calcific deposits; and they induce an analgesic reaction mechanism, which blocks pain messages.
Shockwave therapy provides a safe, non-surgical alternative for those suffering from rotator cuff tendinopathy, tennis elbow, Jumper’s knee, Achilles tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis. The number of shockwave therapy sessions required often varies depending on the severity and chronicity of the injury. A typical treatment protocol usually requires 3-5 treatments at weekly intervals. After the treatment sessions are finished the injured area continues to heal with maximum recovery occurring approximately 3 months after the treatment sessions end.