Shockwave Therapy is currently being touted as one of the safest, most cost effective ways to treat all manner of different health issues, but it’s important to know which Issues are actually effectively treatable by these machines. Below are some of the conditions shockwave therapy has proven to be effective in treating:
1. Tennis Elbow
Despite its sport-oriented name, tennis elbow is a condition anyone can get. It is described as the damage of the tendons that assist in the movement of your joints. These sorts of conditions are usually caused by repetitive tasks that cause considerable strain on these tendons. This means that craftsmen, like mechanics, plumbers and butchers are also very much liable to suffer from these sorts of issues as these jobs often require workers to perform the same movements repeatedly for extended periods of time.
Shockwave therapy helps treat these issues by encouraging a faster, more effective response to the inflammation by the use of either low or high energy shockwaves. These shockwaves stimulate microtraumas in the tendon that invigorate the healing process, reducing recovery time for these issues. You can learn more about Tennis Elbow and how Shockwave Therapy can treat it here.
2. Achilles Tendinopathy
Another leg injury common to many people is Achilles Tendinopathy. Like Tennis Elbow, this condition is described by damage to a specific tendon. In this case, the affected area is the tendon at the back of your ankle called the Achilles Tendon. This tendon helps with the extending of your feet via the ankle joint. But constant use of this tendon during rigorous activity can lead to small tears that bit by bit reduces the effectiveness of the tendon as well as causing significant chronic pain to the patient. This condition is most common among athletes, considering that training and practice requires constant repetitive use of the legs. Runners and players of various ball sports are most affected.
Shockwave therapy can help with Achilles Tendinopathy particularly in the healing process. The Use of Radial shockwave therapy for this condition can reduce recovery times by facilitating and encouraging new blood vessel formation which increases the natural healing rate of tissue. Studies have shown improvement in pain relief and return to function patients.
3. Plantar Fasciitis
This condition affects the sole of the foot and can lead to prolonged chronic pain of the heel. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the inflammation and tearing of the plantar fascia; a band of tissue whose function is to provide support for the foot when pressure is applied to it. Constant pressure on your foot can lead the tissue to tear or be inflamed, causing Plantar Fasciitis. This issue is most common among those who spend a lot of time on their feet. This includes workers in the service industry, retail, and manufacturing. While lifestyle changes and the addition of medical support can be helpful in dealing with this condition, the time it takes to heal the already damaged tissue is long.
The use of shockwave therapy has been proven to be able to provide treatment to Plantar Fasciitis cases by breaking up scar tissue and encourage healing by improving blood circulation. A few non-invasive sessions over the course of a few months is enough to ensure a more comfortable life.
4. Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are formed when there is a build up of certain minerals in your urinary tract that your body can’t dilute enough to pass. These minerals begin to clump together and form stones that can clock tracts, leading to difficulty in urination and is severe cases the possibility of infection. These stones can be caused by a number of factors, significant among which is a person’s weight and diet. The problem with kidney stones is that they stay in your body until dealt with, they do not heal like other conditions. A change in lifestyle only prevents further stones from forming.One of the most common ways of dealing with kidney stones however is by using Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. This form of treatment uses a shockwave therapy machine to break down kidney stones, allowing them to pass through urine and clearing up the urinary tracts. This form of treatment is most effective for small and medium sized kidney stones.
5. Calcific Tendinitis
Calcific Tendinitis is a condition where small deposits of calcium phosphate called hydroxyapatite begin forming in and around the tendons. This condition is most commonly found among women between 30-60 years of age and usually affects the rotator cuff or shoulder joint. These small calcifications can cause inflammation and general discomfort in the area. If left untreated, the calcification is liable to grow and cause further pain to the patient suffering from the condition and in particularly severe cases, surgery may be needed.
But even before the need of surgery, shockwave therapy can treat this condition before it gets any worse. Both Radial Shockwave Therapy and Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy are used in dissolving the hydroxyapatite calcifications that have formed provided they are small enough, alleviating the patient of the pain and inflammation these deposits can cause them. This makes shockwave therapy one of the most effective early responses to this condition.
6. Hip Pain
As people grow older, their bodies start getting weaker. The hip is one of the most accident prone areas for aging people. The cartilage on the hips can begin to deteriorate, and muscles begin to tear more with continued use. Falls might also result in fractures to the hip bone. Old age also affect the rate of healing for individuals with injuries and sometimes, they may never fully heal.
Shockwave therapy however, is an effective way to encourage healing of these muscle tears and inflammations, shortening recovery times and assisting in pain alleviation. Much like how it works for other conditions that affect the muscles. Shockwave Therapy session ensure that your injuries don’t completely take you out of your lifestyle so that you can spend your golden years as active as possible.
7. Post-Surgery Issues
The aftermath of surgery is always daunting. Your body still needs time to heal after being cut open. This is even more apparent for procedures like knee replacements. These come with them long recovery times that prevent the patient from walking, let alone pursuing hobbies and sports. Excessive movement during recovery time also runs the risk of further damaging the healing process, making recovery time even longer.In this way, Shockwave therapy helps just as much as it does with other issues of this kind. Treatments using Shockwave therapy machines are meant to encourage tendons to heal up faster and inflammation to settle down more quickly. These factors significantly serve to reduce recovery time and ensure that you’ll be back in perfect condition faster than by just relying on resting in place.
As you can see, shockwave therapy is an excellent, non-invasive alternative to other treatment options. Using painkillers comes with the threat of addiction, and there can be significant side effects to taking steroidal injections regularly to speed up healing. Professional athletes and their teams have been using this technology for years now, ever since its first introduction into the market.
For many musculo-skeletal issues, it’s always a good idea to consider if shockwave therapy is the right path for treatment for you.
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