Patients with chronic or unresponsive injuries that have tried other methods of care to no avail may be great candidates for this type of therapy.
Some common injuries that benefit from Piezowave/shockwave therapy:
- Neck pain: Whiplash injury, tech neck, etc.
- Hip pain
- Pain and tissue inflammation associated with Arthritis
- Elbow pain: Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, etc.
- Shoulder pain: Rotator cuff injury, Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), etc.
- Tendonopathy: tendonitis and tendonosis
- Wrist or Ankle Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Myofascial dysfunction
- Chronic trigger point pain
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Sprains and strains
Piezowave/shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment process with minor side effects – like skin redness. It is considered a safer and less invasive alternative to surgery. You can return to your daily activities immediately; downtime following a treatment is unnecessary.
Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting. Because this is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment, there is no downtime associated with this treatment. All patients are free to return to their normal daily activities following treatment with very few restrictions, including work and errands. Patients are also allowed to drive themselves home after this treatment.
As a manual treatment, it may take some time for the results of Shockwave Therapy to become apparent. While some patients report feeling immediate pain relief following treatment, others may require several weeks to experience any significant pain-relieving results. The initial results for many patients is a numbing sensation in the area that was treated. Your initial results are typically a temporary response to the treatment, meaning your pain will be dulled but it will not be fixed for several more weeks. Your initial results will take the edge off the worst of your pain.
The results of this treatment will continue to improve over the course of several weeks. About 8 to 12 weeks after treatment, you can expect to experience the greatest degree of results, namely freedom from chronic pain that interferes with your mobility and your overall wellbeing in your daily life.
How many sessions do I need?
During every session, 1000 to 2000 pulse waves will be delivered to an area being treated lasting about ten minutes. You will see maximum benefits with five to six treatments per area with three to five days to allow for proper recovery time.
Many conditions need three to five sessions. The treatments can be done five to ten days apart depending on tissue response and patient tolerance.