Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to relieve pain and promote healing in the body. This therapy is typically used to treat a variety of conditions, including plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and other chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
During a shockwave therapy session, a device is used to deliver high-energy sound waves through the skin and into the affected area. These sound waves are thought to stimulate the body's natural healing process by promoting blood flow, breaking up scar tissue, and reducing pain and inflammation.
The therapy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and most patients experience only minimal discomfort during the treatment. In some cases, a topical anesthetic or numbing cream may be used to reduce any discomfort during the therapy.
After the therapy, patients may experience some mild discomfort or soreness in the affected area, but this usually subsides within a few days. In most cases, multiple sessions are required in order to achieve optimal results.
It's important to note that shockwave therapy is not suitable for everyone, and there are some conditions for which it may not be recommended. Before undergoing shockwave therapy, it's important to talk to your doctor to make sure that it's safe for you, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking any medications that may interact with the therapy.
Overall, shockwave therapy can be an effective non-invasive treatment option for those suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain, and can provide relief without the need for surgery or other invasive procedures.