How Shockwave Therapy Alleviates Pain and Musculoskeletal Problems

How Shockwave Therapy Alleviates Pain and Musculoskeletal Problems

November 1, 2021

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive method of relieving pain and improving mobility. It is also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT). This fast, safe and effective treatment method is recommended for people who suffer from chronic pain that may inhibit mobility.

It focuses on your body’s self-healing qualities to treat chronic, sub-acute, and acute conditions. Shockwave therapy near you involves the use of high-energy radial pressure waves (RPWs). These acoustic sound waves are directed to the site of pain using an applicator. As a result, an analgesic effect is created, and the acute pain is relieved immediately. In addition, your mobility increases after the second session since the therapy also stimulates collagen production.

Which Conditions Does Shockwave Therapy Treat?

Shockwave therapy in Ottawa is combined with physiotherapy techniques, manual therapy, and exercises, which are done with the help of the team. It is used for treating issues such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis or Heel spur. This is a pain in the heel and midfoot
  • Jumper’s knee. It is knee pain common in sports activities
  • Painful elbow (also known as Lateral or tennis elbow)
  • Pain in the Achilles heel known as Achilles tendonitis
  • Spasticity caused by Neurological disorders
  • Hand and wrist pain caused by Trigger finger, Carpal tunnel syndrome, and Dupuytren’s disease
  • Shoulder pain due to shoulder tendonitis and impingement, frozen shoulder or rotator cuff calcifications
  • Hamstring pain called hamstring tendinopathy
  • Scar tissue
  • Hip pain or greater Trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Lower leg pain or medial tibial stress syndrome

How Shockwave Therapy Works

Your physiotherapist first determines the exact origin of the pain. Then, palpitation is used so that the therapy can be delivered precisely to the affected area. Next, a gel is applied to the located area to aid in the smooth and efficient transfer of acoustic waves.

The shockwave device is slightly pushed against the prepared area, and treatment begins. This device contains a fast-moving projectile that transmits energy to transfer energy to the applicator to generate radial shockwaves.

These waves spread through the body and are absorbed to activate the body’s self-regenerating properties. As a result, the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues will be regenerated.

The following regenerative and reparative processes take place due to the treatment:

  • New blood vessels will be formed to improve blood flow and oxygenation of the area that has been treated. Neovascularisation promotes faster healing and repair of the damaged tissue.
  • The activity of mast cells, which help in wound healing, will increase to reverse chronic inflammation.
  • Calcium build-up results in trauma in the tendon and micro-tears. The acoustic waves cause a reduction in calcification. Granular portions of the calcium build-up are extracted in the affected areas by your body’s lymphatic system.
  • The generation of collagen is accelerated to create a firmer structure on the treated area, increasing mobility.
  • Levels of Substance P, which mediates pain information through the fibres, are lowered and the pain reduced. The neurotransmitter relays messages of pain to your central nervous system and prevents inflammatory edema from being formed.

Shockwave Therapy Benefits

  1. It is a fast and effective non-surgical method of chronic pain reduction. A session lasts for less than twenty minutes, and you are assured of drastic pain reduction after only one session. After 6-8 sessions, the pain reduces completely, and your mobility is restored.
  2. After shockwave therapy, you do not require a prolonged recovery period. You are assured of a stress-free recovery that is long-lasting.
  3. Shockwave therapy Ottawa treats the cause of chronic pain, not the symptoms.
  4. There is no risk of infection since it is a non-invasive method of treatment.
  5. You do not require any medication or surgery to relieve the pain and improve mobility.
  6. This treatment method has limited side effects compared to other invasive pain-relieving treatments. However, you may experience mild discomfort during the initial treatment and may have slight redness or swelling around the treated area.
  7. Shockwave therapy is versatile. It is combined with other treatments to treat several chronic conditions.

At Ottawa Health: Performance and Rehabilitation, we utilize shockwave therapy in sports medicine, orthopedic cases, and physical therapy to rehabilitate common musculoskeletal issues.