Shockwave therapy, also known as acoustic wave therapy or medical wave therapy, is used to help treat many different conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system as a non-invasive treatment option.
Acoustic waves are introduced through the skin with a handheld device using a slow pulsating action to deliver targeted pain relief to injured areas without the need for medications or surgical procedures.
If you deal with chronic pain or have recently sustained an injury
Shockwave therapy may be an option; call us today
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave treatments are primarily used for pain management with short energy waves. These waves travel faster than sound and help increase the blood flow in an injured area.
The increased blood flow helps to speed up the body’s natural healing process.
Acoustic waves are also very beneficial in aiding the healing of chronic inflammation and increasing collagen production.
There are two different levels of shockwave transmission available, low energy and high energy.
Low energy reduces pain and inflammation; this is the most commonly utilized and more cost effective form of treatment.
High energy therapy is more intensive and costs more due to its ability to lead to immediate healing.
Shockwave therapy can get to the root cause of pain, which effectively provides long-term relief for conditions including:
- Knee pain
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain and shoulder pain
- Foot, heel, and ankle pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Tendon pain
- Hamstring pain
- Stress fractures
- Scar tissue
- Morton’s neuroma
- Shin splints
- And more
What to Expect
Following your consultation, if shockwave therapy is recommended for your treatment, the areas that need to be addressed will be identified and prepared with a gel.
This works together with the wand to produce the shock pulses.
While the procedure is completely non-invasive, you may still experience some mild tingling or discomfort during treatment.
The treatment only lasts 15-20 minutes, depending on the area and severity of the condition.
No downtime is required, and patients can fully anticipate and resume their daily activities immediately after.
Because treatments are a non-invasive alternative to surgery, there are additional benefits such as:
- Long-lasting results
- Little to no side-effects
- No anesthesia (for most)
- No risk of infection
- No scarring
Shockwave therapy helps accelerate tissue regeneration which is why many physicians will recommend the treatment in lieu of surgical procedures that may cause more issues or require a longer recovery period.
If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain and would like to learn more about shockwave therapy in Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, or throughout Cook County, call us at (773) 725-5835 today to schedule a free consultation.