Speed Up Recovery With Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy may sound like a treatment of the future, but extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) dates to 1982. Today, we use this innovative technology for musculoskeletal conditions to trigger specific healing responses within your body, including accelerated cell growth and tissue repair. 

At Independent Physical Medicine, our team is at the forefront of cutting-edge medical treatments and regenerative therapies. Here’s what you need to know about shockwave therapy and how it can speed up your recovery, restore mobility, and reduce pain or discomfort.

How shockwave therapy works

Shockwave therapy delivers targeted and intense bursts of acoustic pulses — sound waves — to trigger several biological responses, including: 

Together, these biological changes accelerate your body’s ability to heal on a cellular level, which restores function and reduces pain, even with chronic pain conditions.

When to consider shockwave therapy

ESWT started as a way to disintegrate gallstones and kidney stones without damaging the surrounding tissue, but it’s come a long way since then. Now we recommend this powerful technology for a variety of musculoskeletal issues, including:

We may use shockwave therapy as part of personalized rehabilitation therapy programs to help relieve chronic painful conditions and to help athletes heal faster and stay on top of their game.

What to expect during shockwave therapy

This noninvasive therapy can provide relief for acute and chronic conditions, and the entire process is painless. During your visit, you sit comfortably. We apply a gel to your skin at the precise treatment site to help conduct acoustic waves from the applicator directly into your body.

While we administer the shockwaves, you may have mild discomfort, but this varies from person to person and depends on your existing level of pain. We can adjust the intensity of your treatment to keep you comfortable.

Shockwave therapy sessions typically take less than 10 minutes, and we usually recommend a series of treatments for the best results. Based on how your body responds and your specific injury, you may need 3-5 treatments spaced 3-10 days apart, but you should experience relief immediately. Nearly 80% of men and women worldwide have successful results from shockwave therapy treatment.

There are few risks or side effects that come with shockwave therapy. You may notice minor tenderness at the treatment site for a short period. We usually recommend avoiding physical activity, especially using the part of your body undergoing shockwave therapy, for approximately 48 hours.

To learn how shockwave therapy can speed up your recovery, contact Independent Physical Medicine in Lima, Ohio, by calling 567-940-9334 today.

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