Shockwave Therapy: The Benefits
posted: Oct. 27, 2014.
Shockwave therapyis a non-invasive and effective choice to treat pain and impairment caused by chronic injuries, including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon pain. During a treatment session, a series of high-energy sound waves are directed to the injured part of the body. These pulses cause calcific fibroblasts and scar tissue to break down and stimulates metabolic activity and an inflammatory response to stimulate healing.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy for Foot and Ankle Injuries and Conditions
• No general anesthesia required
A local anesthesia is given to provide relief from discomfort during the procedure. Since patients will be kept quite comfortable while receiving their treatment, a higher intensity of shock wave may be used. This may help the body to heal itself in a shorter time than if a more conservative approach to the shockwave therapy treatment was used.
• Immediate Reduction of Pain for Some Patients
Patients who have undergone shockwave therapy treatment have said they often notice an immediate reduction in their pain level. The sound waves help to stimulate the elimination of Substance P, a pain-producing chemical. They also report improved mobility and function in their feet and ankles.
• Uses the Body’s Own Resources to Heal Itself
This method does not rely on adding anything to the body, such as medications. Instead, it taps in to the body’s natural ability to heal itself once the proper stimulation is applied. The process increases the body’s production of collagen to achieve this process. There is no need to worry about side effects, drug interactions or other issues that go along with prescribing pain medications.
Are you experiencing foot or ankle pain and wondering whether shockwave therapy is right for you? Contact Sheldon H. Nadal D.P.M. to book your personal consultation today.