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Shockwave Therapy

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

One service that we proudly offer in our office is Shockwave Therapy, or Radial Pressure Wave (RPW) Therapy. Shockwave is a non-invasive, targeted treatment that helps reduce chronic muscle pain and activate connective tissue.

Radial Pressure Waves (RPW) are acoustic waves that generate oscillations in the muscle tissue. This advanced treatment modality uses acoustic shockwaves, or radial pressure waves, to break up soft tissue calcifications, aiding in the increase of blood flow. With this treatment, we are able to address chronic tendinitis, release trigger points, and stimulate your body’s healing process to improve pain and help you stay active.

Benefits of Shockwave

  • short treatment time (minutes)

  • results in just a few treatments

  • promotes blood flow and proper circulation

  • releases trigger points and tight muscle pain

  • non-invasive

  • alternative to medication and/or surgery

What does shockwave feel like?

Our staff and patients describe a thumping sensation (or "rubber band snapping") when the treatment head passes over the dysfunctional tissue.

The wave hits the body at skin surface and from there it travels radially into the body to a depth of around 2".

The level of discomfort depends on the area being treated, the settings on the device, and pain tolerance of the patient but most patients report very little discomfort. There are no known side effects, but minor post-treatment soreness or redness around the area in not uncommon and completely normal.

Treatment Time

Each session may take about 5-15 minutes depending on the area of concern(s).

Being one of the most effective treatment modalities in our office, most patients feel an immediate decrease in pain and an increase in mobility. For long-term benefits, and dramatic improvement on chronic conditions, we usually recommend a longer treatment plan to see significant results.

Example treatment suggestion: At least 5 sessions, once a week to start.

You are able to return to work or normal daily activities immediately after the treatment.

Common Treatment Areas

  • Trapezius muscles

  • Shoulder

  • Achilles tendon

  • Plantar fasciitis & heel

  • Golfer's or Tennis elbow

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