Radial Shockwave Therapy: It Doesn’t Hurt, It Makes Pain Go Away!
The physical therapists here at Baxter and Walsh love keeping up on new treatment methods, and we’ve started offering a new one: Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy! It may sound a little scary, but it really isn’t: in fact, it’s a fantastic pain-free way to treat tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and plantar fasciitis. Everyone from normal people to professional athletes has used shockwave therapy since its development, and it’s proven to be a safe and effective way to treat certain ailments. This article will tell you everything you need to know about how it works, and if it’s the right treatment for you.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
The concept behind shockwave therapy is quite simple. The therapy utilizes mechanical pressure waves that impact tissues to encourage them to heal. They come in two varieties: focused and unfocused. Baxter and Walsh uses unfocused, or radial shockwaves to treat ailments, which means that they are produced pneumatically, using compressed air (not electricity). This air strikes a small projectile onto a solid applicator that is pressed against the skin, creating the shockwaves.
But How Do Shockwaves Actually Heal?
The answer to this question is so simple that it might not sound realistic, but trust us, it works. The shockwaves that are produced cause microtrauma, or tiny injuries, to the affected area. If this sounds counter-productive to you, keep reading! The microtraumas stimulate the expression of growth factors, which in turn increase the blood supply to the area and promote tissue repair. The result is a breakup of the scarring that may have troubled the area before and a return of new, healthy tissue.
How Bad Does It Hurt?
Not badly at all, actually. Although some patients may experience slight discomfort during the treatment and slight soreness in the affected area for a few days after treatment, most patients report feeling better fairly soon. Typically, it will take 3 or 4 sessions for total relief from your symptoms to be experienced.
Ready to try shockwave therapy for relief from your tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or plantar fasciitis symptoms? Give Baxter and Walsh Physical Therapy a call at one of our two locations: 631-206-2989 for our Bay Shore office or 516-826-0016 for our Wantagh office. All it takes is a phone call to find out how we can help you make the pain go away, so call today.