Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to treat pain and injuries in the musculoskeletal system. The basic science behind shockwave therapy is that the high-energy sound waves create microtrauma in the tissue, which triggers the body's healing response. This increased blood flow to the area can help to reduce pain and inflammation, and improve healing.
In the sports medicine setting, shockwave therapy is often used to treat injuries such as tendinopathies, plantar fasciitis, and chronic pain conditions such as lower back pain and tennis elbow. The therapy is performed by your clinician, who directs the sound waves to the affected area using a hand-held device. Shockwave is generally well-tolerated, with the patient sometimes feeling a mild discomfort or tingling sensation during the treatment.
Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for sports-related injuries and chronic pain. It can be used alone or in combination with other forms of treatment such as exercise and manual therapy. It has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and improving function, and it can be a useful treatment option for athletes and sports enthusiasts who want to get back to their activities as soon as possible. Here at APC, we are excited to offer this cutting edge technology as a part of our comprehensive treatment plans.