Shockwave Therapy Specialist in Crown Point, IN
Shockwave therapy, also known as SWT, is a non-invasive procedure that uses shockwaves to treat pain and other symptoms in soft tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. Visit Mullally MedSpa to get comprehensive and specialized care. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 11275 Delaware Pkwy Suite C, Crown Point, IN 46307.
Table of Contents:
What does shockwave therapy do?
What conditions can be treated with shockwave therapy?
How often can you have shockwave therapy?
At what frequency is shockwave therapy and where is it used in medicine?
Who is eligible for shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy works by creating tiny injuries in the tissues, which in turn causes the body to respond by creating new, healthy tissue. Shockwave therapy is often used to treat chronic joint pain, such as the shoulder, knee, and ankle joints, especially when other, more traditional methods have failed. Shockwave therapy is also sometimes used to manage pain caused by osteoarthritis, a condition caused by the deterioration of the joints, which causes pain and limited mobility.
Shockwave therapy works by sending high-frequency acoustic shock waves into the body, acting as a controlled re-injury. By re-injuring the tissues of the body in a controlled environment, it activates the body’s natural repair mechanisms, regenerating blood vessels and bone cells. These results in re-vascularization, and with fresh new blood, the tissues can heal faster and more effectively. Areas of the body that are most commonly treated include bones and soft tissues that have been damaged, either from injury or illness. The shock waves re-injure the treated area on a cellular level, breaking up scar tissue that has penetrated soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This kind of treatment is highly effective for managing pain and can even eliminate it altogether. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is effective because:
• The high-frequency waves stimulate a reaction in the affected tissue, causing stress fibers to develop
• The shock waves develop tiny air bubbles, breaking down calcific deposits
• The shockwaves induce an analgesic reaction in the area, effectively blocking pain signals from reaching the brain
Shockwave therapy can treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and diseases, including:
• Heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
• Foot pain
• Ankle pain
• Knee pain
• Hamstring pain
• Back pain
• Shoulder pain (frozen shoulder)
• Elbow pain (tennis or golfers elbow)
• Wrist pain (including carpal tunnel syndrome)
• Hand pain
• Neck pain
• TMJ (jaw pain)
• Sports injuries
• Erectile dysfunction
• Spinal cord injury
• Cervical spondylosis
• Overuse injuries
• Bone spurs
• Cellulite treatment
• Shin splints
• Scar tissue
The frequency at which someone can receive shockwave therapy varies from person to person and depends on several factors, such as the condition being treated, the severity of the condition being treated, how the patient responds to the treatment, and individual physiology. For treating pain, it is generally recommended to receive shockwave therapy every week to ten days for a month. For tissue healing, it is generally recommended to receive treatments every 7 to 10 days for two months, for a total of four to six sessions.
The frequency used in extracorporeal shockwave therapy depends on the condition being treated but typically consists of 500 to 6000 pulses delivered at 2 to 4 Hz. It is used to treat soft tissue injuries, degenerative conditions, and joint inflammation.
Shockwave therapy does not have any major contraindications, meaning it is suitable in most situations, for the majority of people. It is ideal for patients who want to avoid surgery, as well as those who have tried more conservative treatments with no effect. People who often get the most benefit are athletes and active people, as well as people with joint problems or spinal calcification, common in the older population; there is no age limit for the treatment.
If you are looking for a better way to heal, come to Mullally Medspa. Call us today or book an appointment with our shockwave therapy specialist, or visit our medspa conveniently located at 11275 Delaware Pkwy Suite C, Crown Point, IN 46307. We serve clients from Crown Point IN, Winfield IN, Schererville IN, St. John IN, Cedar Lake IN, Munster IN, Lowell IN, DeMotte, IN as well as other Northwest Indiana locations.
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