Do you wish to relieve joint pain from sports injuries or soft tissue damage? Shockwave for joint pain at Orchidia Medical Group in Naples, FL can be the answer you’re looking for. Our treatment works by using concentrated sound waves to reduce discomfort and promote long-term healing. It can provide much-needed relief for worn-out joints, ligaments, and tendons. Learn more about this innovative treatment and see how it can help with your medical concerns.
Shockwave for Joint Pain: How Does It Work?
Shockwave for joint pain is a new approach to fast pain relief and restoration of mobility. The treatment works by creating a series of short, concentrated, pulsating sound waves that encourage the body to heal itself. By stimulating a natural healing response, the treatment provides pain relief by enabling blood circulation and the repair of damaged tissues.
Shockwave therapy can help you get through the day and improve your quality of life. The therapy can be considered a mechanical anesthetic, reducing the need for painkillers while speeding up tissue recovery. Due to its effectiveness, we have been using shockwave therapy to treat various musculoskeletal conditions that cause acute or chronic pain.
What Happens During the Treatment?
Shockwave for joint pain involves using a special handheld device that transfers energy to your tissues through a gel medium. First, we identify and locate your area of concern. Each muscle group requires a specific level of intensity for effective treatment.
Next, we will prepare the treatment area using a gel to ensure that the shockwave device glides smoothly over your skin. You will experience gentle pressure as we apply the probe over the areas with painful muscle or soft tissue. After the treatment, you’ll be able to resume your normal daily activities. There’s no downtime associated with shockwave therapy.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
To achieve significant results, you’ll most likely need three to six weekly sessions. Each treatment session can last for up to 30 minutes or less, depending on the severity of your condition. We can create a customized treatment schedule to fully address your needs and concerns.
When Will You Experience Pain Relief?
Shockwave therapy can provide instant pain relief after just one treatment session. However, for long-term healing and comfort, you’ll need a series of treatments. It’s expected that you’ll feel better each time you undergo shockwave therapy. The severity of your condition and your body’s unique response to the treatment are factors to consider.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Promote Healing and Pain Relief?
Supports the Formation of New Blood Vessels
Damaged tissues need sufficient nutrients in the blood to start healing. And to repair itself effectively, the body needs proper circulation. Shockwave therapy promotes healing and recovery by encouraging the growth of capillary micro-ruptures in the tendons and bones. As a result, growth factors that facilitate tissue healing and repair are significantly increased.
New blood vessels that form in the damaged tissues improve blood supply and oxygenation. As a result, damaged tendons can heal faster, allowing for faster recovery and pain relief from injury or tissue damage. With the help of shockwave therapy, the body can heal itself faster and form new blood vessels where they are needed the most.
Stimulates Collagen Synthesis
Collagen is an essential protein responsible for repairing damaged ligaments, tissues, and joints. In order to heal from a musculoskeletal injury, the body will need ample amounts of collagen. It has been observed that shockwave therapy can accelerate the synthesis of new collagen. The sound waves from the treatment can cause new collagen fibers in damaged and injured tissues to become more stiff, dense, and firm.
Helps Dissolve Calcium Build-Up
Micro-tears and trauma to tendons and tissues can cause calcium build-up. This condition often leads to calcific tendonitis. Aside from providing pain relief and reducing symptoms, shockwave therapy can cause existing calcifications to break up. Sound waves from the treatment can trigger biochemical decalcification and start the healing process of injured tissues. As calcium is broken down into tiny particles, the body naturally eliminates it.
Releases Trigger Points
Trigger points are the most common cause of back, shoulder, neck, and limb pain. The condition occurs due to tension in the taut bands of muscles. Muscle contractions by dysfunctional tissues can cause decreased blood supply, leading to a build-up of waste products that affect the sensory nerve endings.
Shockwave therapy can release trigger points and unblock the build of waste products. This mechanism provides relief from chronic pain. With the help of shockwave therapy, blood supply improves, waste products are released, and nerve endings are no longer affected.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Shockwave Therapy?
Inflammation in Supportive Tissues (Plantar Fasciitis)
People with plantar fasciitis experience excruciating pain that makes stepping out of bed difficult. This condition is caused by an inflammation in the supportive tissues found across the bottom of the foot. Shockwave therapy is highly recommended for immediate and progressive pain relief for those suffering from this condition.
Chronic Tendon Pain (Tennis Elbow)
Those who perform repetitive motions in their daily work are prone to suffering from tennis elbow. This condition is also common among athletes who exert a lot of pressure on their elbow tendons. Pain is often present from the forearm to the wrist, making it challenging to perform daily activities. With the help of shockwave therapy, those with tennis elbow can experience a reduction in pain, especially in the early stages of their condition.
Calcium Build Up in the Tendons (Calcific Tendonitis)
Calcium can build up in the tendons and result in a painful condition called calcific tendonitis. When left untreated, this condition can lead to complications that involve inflammation and restriction of mobility. Hard calcium deposits can develop at any point in our lives, but it’s more common among people above the age of 40. Shockwave therapy can reduce the symptoms of calcific tendonitis in the shoulder joint and provide pain relief.
Acute Tissue Injuries (Achilles Tendinopathies)
Achilles tendinopathies are caused by acute tissue injury and can induce tremendous pain. Those who engage in strenuous activities without doing enough stretches for flexibility are at increased risk for this injury. Shockwave therapy can ease discomfort from Achilles tendinopathies and promote the healing of damaged and injured tissues.
Inflammation of Fluid-Filled Sacs (Greater Trochanteric Bursitis)
Greater trochanteric bursitis usually impacts both the outer hip and exterior upper leg. The underlying cause for the pain comes from inflamed fluid-filled sacs located at the hip. Direct injury, poor posture, and tissue stress can all cause greater trochanteric bursitis. Pain that increases when walking or running can be reduced with shockwave therapy.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)
Trauma to the kneecap, a dislocated tissue, or a misalignment can cause a runner’s knee. This condition is common among runners and athletes. By undergoing shockwave therapy, athletes and runners can experience pain relief and tissue healing without taking a break from training. Additionally, those who undergo surgery for tissue repair can use shockwave therapy to encourage healing and a faster recovery.
Is Shockwave Therapy Suitable for You?
Dealing with pain can decrease your mobility and overall quality of life, so finding the right treatment and pain relief must be a priority. A consultation with our team is your first step to conquering joint pain and many other conditions. To determine whether shockwave therapy is suitable for you, we’ll need to assess your symptoms and take a complete medical history.
Generally, shockwave for joint pain is a safe and effective treatment with no risks of adverse side effects. Nevertheless, there are certain circumstances where the treatment isn’t suitable.
Shockwave therapy isn’t ideal for you if:
- You are pregnant
- You have recently taken non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers
- You have a medical condition that affects the nerves
- You have a history of blood clotting disorders
- You are taking blood-thinning medication
- You have metal pins, implants, or plates in the treatment area
- You recently received a steroid injection
- You have a history of bone cancer
Discover What Shockwave Therapy Can Do for You
Are you dealing with chronic pain that’s affecting the quality of your life? Shockwave for joint pain can address many conditions and provide you with much-needed relief. This treatment can also stimulate healing and speed up your recovery. If you’re ready to enhance your mobility and get well-deserved relief, contact us at Orchidia Medical Group in Naples, FL, to see if shockwave therapy is ideal for you. We can’t wait to see you heal, feel better, and live a good life!