New technology is constantly being updated to help with many medical conditions, and chronic pain in several areas of the body is one of them. One type of therapy that’s becoming more and more popular in the last couple years for chronic pain treatment in several areas, including the back and spine, is known as shockwave therapy.
At Peterson Chiropractic, we’re proud to offer a wide range of chiropractic services and other forms of care, including shockwave therapy. Read on to learn more about what this valuable treatment is, what it can do for you, and some of the conditions it’s shown the best results at helping treat.
Shockwave Therapy Basics
Shockwave therapy is a modern form of treatment that introduces what are known as high-energy radial pressure waves (abbreviated RPWs) to the area where chronic pain is taking place. This takes place through a radial handpiece, which operates using compressed air and generates ballistic shock waves — essentially tiny projectiles accelerated by the power of the compressed air.
This projectile, then, picks up kinetic energy as it’s created. It converts this into acoustic energy pulses, which are then transmitted via a gel to the tissue area that’s being targeted for treatment.
Shockwave Therapy Benefits
There are a few positive ways this form of therapy helps treat chronic pain, including:
- Increasing blood flow: This is especially helpful for those who otherwise have poor blood flow following part of the spine or other area being treated with shockwave therapy.
- Stimulating muscle repair and regeneration: This helps the muscles recover from chronic pain, and reduces inflammation.
Improve cellular metabolization: Metabolizing cells have a chance to more effectively process the nutrients that are delivered through this therapy.
Conditions Shockwave Therapy Helps Treat
There are a wide range of chronic pain conditions or issues that shockwave therapy has already shown some success in treating, including:
- Plantar fasciitis: This is a common inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot.
- Achilles tendonopathy: This is a condition of inflammation or degeneration in the Achilles tendon.
- Tennis elbow: This refers to chronic pain at the elbow on the outside part of the arm.
- Golfer’s elbow: This refers to similar symptoms just on the other side, where it can develop into biceps tendonosis.
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis: This is inflammation of the bursa just behind the Achilles tendon, near the ankle.
- Calcific tendonitis: Occurring in the supraspinatus tendon and certain other areas of the shoulder, this causes a build up of calcium in the tendon.
- Plantar fasciosis: Also known as plantar fasciopathy, this is a strain or inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of your foot.
- Morton’s Neuroma: This is a neuroma of the foot, also known as Morton’s metatarsalgia.
- Patellar tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee): This refers to a tendon with the patellar in the knee with degeneration.
- Various chronic stress/non-union fractures: These are fractures that have not healed properly due to chronic stress on the area.
For more on shockwave therapy and its many benefits, contact the team at Peterson Chiropractic today.