What is shockwave? In its simplest form it’s a wave that moves faster than the speed of sound and it carries energy that is sudden in nature, abrupt, and leads to change of pressure and density of the medium.
In physiotherapy we use that acoustic wave to improve the pain or inflammation of your Musculoskeletal tissues, AKA: by changing the density and pressure that bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles have.
What is shockwave used for?
Commonly shockwave is used for Muscle injuries (partial tears, strains), Ligament sprain, tendinopathies (problems with tendons).
However: it doesn’t stop there, shockwave can be used on almost all chronic conditions of the Musculoskeletal system including arthritis, as it helps to change your perception of pain and desensitize the area that it is applied to.
Why is shockwave better than other techniques?
Shockwave is an invasive technique yet is has deeper effect to the injury than any other superficial one. Also, it usually combined with other manual techniques like, Soft tissues release, contractile exercises and mobilization depends on the area treated and the goal to be achieved
How many sessions will i need?
Every case is different in prognosis and number of sessions needed. However, 6 sessions of shockwave should have a noticeable effect on any injury it is used for. Minor planter fasciitis for instance patients usually feel relief after a couple of sessions.
When can’t it be used?
- Anti-coagulants (dose description is key)
- Tremors present at the time of application
- Skin open, abrasion or cut
- Under 18 (except in the treatment of Osgood-Schlatter disease)
When can it be used?
Shockwave can be mainly used in the chronic phase of Musculoskeletal injuries. It can be used in the sub-acute phase. However, the therapist needs to be very cautious and accurate during the application as it can aggravate the inflammation during your period of healing.
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