The physical and psychological toll associated with chronic pain can systematically affect all aspects of a person’s being – social, professional, psychological, spiritual – and as a result, greatly reduce individual quality of life.
It is essential, therefore, to treat and manage chronic pain with the most effective and up-to-date treatment options available to pain specialists today.
Shockwave Therapy presents itself as an exciting and promising treatment option added recently to the pain interventionist toolbox, to safely and effectively combat chronic pain.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy – also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) – is a cutting- edge treatment option proven to safely and effectively alleviate chronic pain and to potentially provide long-lasting pain relief.
During a Shockwave Therapy session, trained medical specialists skilfully use an advanced medical device to safely and painlessly deliver pulse waves to the patient’s injured areas.
Therapeutic pulses are delivered to the body using a small hand-held applicator, which is applied to the targeted area to treat the underlying tissue. The role of the pulse waves is to vigorously stimulate the painful tissue, greatly increasing its blood circulation, to decrease the pain, and to heal the injured tissue.
A treatment may take as little as a few minutes or 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the severity of the injury.
Is Shockwave Therapy Safe?
Shockwave Therapy is proven to be a very safe treatment option, often with patients experiencing no adverse reaction. Adverse reactions, if any, have been observed to be minimal and short-lived.
They include mild bruises, temporary aches in the treated area, and some slight discomfort. Patients often report that the mild and temporary discomfort associated with Shockwave Therapy is worth the long-term relief from pain that it often provides.
Indeed, compared with other common interventions for chronic pain, such as taking NSAIDs, lidocaine, or corticosteroids injections, Shockwave Therapy appears to be a very safe form of chronic pain treatment.
Which conditions are Shockwave Therapy best suited for?
Clinical studies have shown that Shockwave Therapy is very effective at treating many chronic pain conditions including, Achilles tendonitis (achilles heel) plantar fasciitis (heel spurs), tendonitis in the elbow (tennis elbow) medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), tendonitis in the shoulder, chronic enthesopathies (tendons) and many other conditions causing chronic pain.