Shock Wave For Orthopedic
Wave therapy, which is also called acoustic therapy or extracorporeal shockwave treatment (ESWT), is a proven treatment that has many benefits to a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. One area in which this treatment helps tremendously is in orthopedics. Many people suffer from loss of cartilage, dislocation, bone spurs, tendon inflammation and other injuries and disorders of their joints. This therapy offers a non-invasive way to treat those problems and restore the body’s full range of motion and strength.
How Acoustic Wave Therapy Works
This therapy is simple and straightforward. You rest on a bed for the duration of the procedure, which is typically about 30 minutes. The technician or doctor sets the Shockwave machine to a particular wavelength for acoustic waves. The operating range is 1 to 22 Hz. The waves come through a wand, which the technician glides over your skin. The technician usually adjusts the frequency during the treatment session in order to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. The waves kick-start the body’s ability to repair its own tissue.
Orthopedic Conditions Treated By Shockwave Therapy
Although acoustic therapy began more than 30 years ago for breaking apart stones in the urinary system, it is now used for many conditions. It has particular benefits for orthopedic pain and injuries. Doctors use it to treat tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, which is an overuse injury. Physicians also use it to treat rotator cuff tendinopathy, frozen shoulder and tendon damage around the knee. The therapy is also effective at reducing inflammation in the Achilles tendon.
Benefits of Acoustic Wave Therapy
There are many benefits to acoustic therapy. It does not cause any side effects. The therapy is performed in the doctor’s office, and no numbing medicines are needed. You can go about your usual activities immediately after a treatment session. Acoustic therapy promotes your body’s own ability to heal itself and repair all types of damage.
When you have an orthopedic problem such as arthritis, chronic inflammation from overuse, an injury that is slow to heal or another problem in one of your joints, ESWT may be able to slow or even reverse your problem. Our orthopedics doctor and other medical professionals look forward to meeting with you and creating a customized treatment plan to help you feel your best. Give us a call today in order to schedule a new patient consultation with our orthopedics doctor.