Are you a runner struggling with knee pain that's slowing you down? Does heel pain put a damper on your long walks? Is wrist or elbow discomfort affecting your grip and daily activities? Do you battle muscle stiffness or nagging pain while pursuing your favorite pastimes? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Shockwave Therapy could be the solution you've been searching for at Plainsview Physiotherapy in Burlington!
Understanding Shockwave Therapy and How It Works
Shockwave Therapy, also known as Extra-Corporeal Shockwave Therapy, originated in clinical medicine for treating urinary stones. This innovative treatment utilizes high-pressure sound waves with low amplitude pulses delivered via a specialized "Shockwave Head" and coupling gel. At Plainsview Physiotherapy, our dedicated team of professionals harnesses the power of Shockwave Therapy to provide effective, non-invasive relief for muscular tension and various soft tissue issues. This therapy has gained popularity among our physiotherapists for its exceptional results in treating chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Shockwave therapy not only stimulates new blood supply to injured tissues but also encourages the production of pain-inhibiting substances within the body, leading to pain reduction.
Conditions Treated with Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave Therapy is a versatile treatment option that can address a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including but not limited to:
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder impingement (Tendinitis)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Hamstring injuries
- Runner's Knee (Patello-femoral Pain Syndrome)
- Piriformis Syndrome (which includes low back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, and potential leg pain radiation)
- Hip bursitis
What to Expect During Your Shockwave Therapy Session
At Plainsview Physiotherapy, our approach begins with a comprehensive assessment of your painful condition, allowing us to establish a precise physical diagnosis. Based on this assessment, your physiotherapist will determine the specific area and dosage for shockwave therapy application, tailoring the treatment to your unique needs. Parameters such as frequency, pressure, and the number of pulses will be carefully set on the Shockwave Machine.
The actual administration of Shockwave Therapy is a brief process, lasting approximately 3-4 minutes. During this time, you'll experience short pressure pulses applied to the painful area by your physiotherapist. Treatment sessions typically occur twice a week for about 3-4 weeks (6-8 sessions), depending on the severity of your pain and condition. Rest assured, our physiotherapist will design a personalized plan of care to optimize your recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are there any side effects of Shockwave therapy?
There are typically no adverse effects of Shockwave therapy. However, it's common to experience localized muscle soreness or tenderness, as well as skin redness, immediately after the treatment. These effects are temporary and usually last from 20 minutes to a few hours.
Can I resume my daily activities after shockwave therapy?
Absolutely! Shockwave therapy induces minimal to no discomfort after treatment, allowing you to resume your daily and recreational activities as usual, unless otherwise specified by your physiotherapist. Additionally, our dedicated team will provide you with a home exercise program to strengthen and stretch your muscles and joints, ensuring optimal functioning.
If you have any questions or concerns about Shockwave Therapy and its potential to alleviate your pain, don't hesitate to reach out to any of our Plainsview Physiotherapy clinics. We're here to support your journey toward a pain-free, active lifestyle.