What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy uses Shockwaves which are acoustic or sound waves that are delivered into the human body through a non-invasive handheld device. Shockwaves generate pressure waves which travel in 3 dimensions creating rapid positive to negative pressure values which in turn gives therapeutic effect.
Biological Effects of Shockwave
- Formation of new blood vessels – which means more oxygen to the area and faster healing.
- Release of Fascia and Trigger Points – usually referred to as knots by patients, trigger points are painful and hamper muscle contraction.
- Analgesia- Substance P is a neurotransmitter which mediates pain sensations to brain. Shockwaves lower release of substance P.
- Breaking down of unwanted calcific deposits- initiates decalcification of calcific deposits at tendons, plantar fascia etc.
- Breakdown of scar tissue – Scar tissue is non elastic and hampers muscle activity. Shockwave simulates cell regeneration and promotes normal healing
What Conditions Can be Treated by Shockwave?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel spurs/Heel Pain
- Calcific Tendonitis
- Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Trigger Points in muscle (knots)
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome)
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow
- Heterotopic Ossification (Myositis Ossificans)
What to Expect?
If shockwave therapy is found suitable to be a part of your treatment, you might be asked to expose the area to be treated. After gel application when your therapist starts the treatment, contrary to its name all you might feel is a series of clicks or impacts on your skin which might be slightly painful. There might be some soreness which sets in few hours after the treatment given and subsides in next few hours.