How does shockwave therapy work?
It is a low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Shockwaves are acoustic waves that carry energy and can be focused to affect targeted distant tissues where low intensity focused waves interact and produce micro-trauma which results in the release of angiogenic factors (essential for healing, growth, and development). Angiogenic factors helps in neovascularization (natural formation of new blood vessels) of the targeted tissues which in turn improves the blood supply ad healing.
Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration. All the processes mentioned in this section are typically employed simultaneously and are used to treat chronic, sub-acute and acute conditions. For erectile dysfunction, this treatment helps clear vascular plaque, create new blood vessels and recruit growth factors.
MECHANISM OF ACTION
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.
Shockwaves are characterized by jump change in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity.
The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
- Jumper’s Knee
- Medial Tibial Stress
- Painful Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Heel Spur / Plantar Fasciitis
- Hip Pain
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Insertional Pain
- Chronic Tendinopathy
Treatment of ED
There are many possible causes for ED and they could be psychological or physical conditions. ED can be associated with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, smoking, obesity, stress, and relationship problems) but most commonly with increased age, as decreased blood flow happens over the years.
The skin starts to age at around 25 years. The connective tissue absorbs less moisture and cell production slows down. Wrinkles, in turn, are the result of reduced elasticity of dermal fibers. Shockwave assists the restoration of collagen and also helps break up stubborn cellulite bands.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most patients will experience pain relief and increased range of motion (joint treatments) following the treatment. Within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and resolving within 24-72 hours.
There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
Most patients with chronic pain problems have been through various unsuccessful types of treatments. Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem.
It depends on the treatment area and tissue being treated. Typically 3-6 treatments are required and spaced from 3 days to 1 week apart.
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