When we think of shock wave therapy, our imaginations race back to the 1950s and 1960s when electroshock therapy was a therapeutic means of treating mental illness. Don’t let your imagination run away with you, as shock wave therapy is the latest medical treatment for a variety of illnesses that afflict the human body. And the results are outstanding. To define shock wave therapy, you must understand that the treatment is non-invasive, meaning that it is a topical treatment on the skin.
How the process works are simple. A wand is charged with a frequency of low energy. It is an acoustic electro pulsation, applied to the injured area through a gel application at the source of the problem. At the point of injury is where the therapy is used to aid in pain relief and a faster healing process.
The original concept that the treatment is based comes from the treatment of gall stones and kidney stones. Patients with those problems were immersed in a tank of water. Sound waves were aimed at the areas in question. Once the sound waves made contact with the stones, the stones disintegrated, and the rubble was evicted from the body through routine discharge procedures.
Studies worldwide have demonstrated the value of shock wave therapy and how it treats chronic conditions better than any of the therapies available.
The treatment is useful for several reasons. First, you require no drugs or pain medication when engaged in this form of therapy. The therapy forces the body to respond naturally through the healing process when treatment for an injury or illness is required. Patient testimonials have extolled therapy’s virtues; they said that their mobility improved and experienced pain relief after the first treatment.
Shock wave therapy, the nuts, and bolts of the treatment
To understand the procedure – that is becoming common in Chiropody – shock wave therapy used in treating musculoskeletal conditions. And problems with connective tissue like tendons and ligaments. The wave that is shot into the afflicted area is a lower frequency than other medical procedures and is considered an ‘extracorporeal’ shock wave.
For the Chiropodist, this represents a God’s send gift to them to assist their patients with chronic nagging injuries and stubborn pain centres that cause problems in the human body.
Tendinopathy, commonly known as tendonitis, is a common condition that doesn’t respond well to traditional forms of Podiatry, and shock wave therapy takes up the slack. Chronic conditions are described medically as a chronic condition that can’t be solved after six weeks of other types of treatment. Common conditions that are treatable through this revolutionary new therapy in Podiatry ARE:
Achilles tendinitis and Plantar Fasciitis. Many of the injuries and chronic conditions described (in the list) occur due to overuse or repetitive motions. Over the years, they create breakdowns of the tissues or tendons or ligaments and create calcification
Before a patient can engage in this miracle therapy, they must be assessed to determine if they are suitable for the treatment and whether it will do the patient any good in the healing process. Your therapist will provide you with information about the therapy and what you can do in the interim to assist in the process.
Your therapist might recommend that you engage in some type of activity or behaviour modifications, exercises that you aren’t already participating in, adjustments in posture, or strengthening weak muscle groups to promote good health. When you are scheduled for the therapy, bear in mind that it takes approximately three to four weeks to complete a round of treatment. It depends on the nature and severity of the problem to establish the timeline for your structured procedure.
When the shock wave therapy is administered, it takes approximately up to15 minutes, and it can be adjusted to keep the patient comfortable as the treatment progresses.
As an effective treatment, shock wave therapy works in the following areas.
- Your feet are as important as any limb in the body. And the use of the feet means that problems will arise. Heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendon problems can be mitigated when taking shock wave therapy.
- Tennis players and golfers commonly suffer from elbow problems – golf and tennis elbow. The treatment will provide relief and get them back on the court or course quickly.
- Your patellar tendon is vital to keeping your knee straight – it attaches to the knee cap from the quadriceps. When you experience patellar tendonitis, shock therapy will relieve your pain almost instantly.
- Hip problems come for bursitis, and it is treatable with shock therapy.
- Runners/cyclists or any athlete can suffer from iliotibial band friction syndrome, and it comes from repetitive motions.
- If you have ever had back pain, you know how excruciating it can be. Shock wave therapy will treat the following conditions in the spine the lumbar and cervical areas. Chronic muscle pain is a thing of the past when receiving shock wave therapy treatments.
Benefits abound with shock wave therapy
- The cost and effectiveness of the treatment is rated best in class
- No surgical procedures are required when dealing with chronic pain in your knee, elbow, back, heel or shoulder
- This treatment is a drug-free treatment, and no anesthetic is needed for a treatment session
- Few is any side effects
- This treatment is geared to the areas of sports medicine, rehab, and orthopedics
- It reduces chronic, acute pain, and major studies support the contention
After you have had a session, you may experience some inflammation; that is because the body has gone into healing mode, and the condition is only temporary.
One thing to remember, when in the therapy regimen, don’t take anti-inflammatory drugs as it will defeat the purpose of the therapy. Before you sign up for the therapy, you shouldn’t be experiencing circulation or nerve problems, any infection, bone tumours or any metabolic bone condition. If you are pregnant, this therapy will not be suitable for you. Therapy is not administered to children, as their bones are still growing.
To get the best treatment in the Greater Toronto Area, contact Alla and her team at Care-Med. They have the latest equipment that has come to market, made in Switzerland SwissDolorClast® is highest rated equipment in its class. On-staff Chiropodist will administer the treatments you need after proper assessment.
Once assessed, you can address other devices that will help with your treatment such as custom made orthotics, orthopaedic shoes, foot and ankle braces, and/or other devices that will help with your treatment.