Shockwave Treatment Therapists
Ultrasound shockwaves sent to areas in your body that are causing you debilitating pain may intensify your discomfort temporarily, but in the end, they may be a lifesaver.
Because of the intense targeting abilities of the shockwave treatments, your trained and experienced physical therapist can identify the exact location to aim the shockwaves.
You may undergo the therapy in a series of low-energy shocks or in one session designed to target intense pain with a high voltage shock that could end your pain in just one sitting.
The latest state-of the-art shockwave therapy is a noninvasive form of treatment that’s becoming more and more common in the field of physical therapy. This form of treatment uses ultrasound shockwaves to treat a variety of disorders that cause chronic pain.
Using pressurized or electromagnetic pulses, your Brooklyn physical therapist can target areas that are causing pain to trigger a healing response in your body.
Extracorporeal shockwave treatment uses pressurized air to induce micro-trauma targeted to a specific location. This triggers immune system responses and stimulates healing and repair. You may think of it as pushing on a tender spot on your leg — every time you rub that spot, your body sends healing, immune-boosting cells to the area in response to the stimulus.
Shockwave therapy can be done using low energy or high energy. For many people, it offers fast pain relief and eventually leads to full restoration of mobility. This technology can treat disorders that affect the musculoskeletal system as well as those that affect connective tissue such as ligaments and tendons.
The energy of the shockwaves promotes regeneration, and it can help your symptoms improve without resorting to surgery or strong painkillers.
Conditions That May Improve Using Shockwave Treatment
Shockwaves are acoustic waves that carry energy to an affected area. Doctors may use shockwaves to treat kidney stones, gall stones or erectile dysfunction. Kidney stone extracorporeal shockwave therapy, in fact, was the first use of the technology.
Your Brooklyn therapist at TRI Physical Therapy may use shockwaves to help relieve symptoms and speed healing of a variety of painful physical conditions.
Some of the conditions that may benefit from the use of shockwaves include:
Low Energy vs. High Energy Shockwave Treatments
Your Brooklyn physical therapist may recommend either low-energy or high-energy shockwave treatments. The choice depends on your condition, the intensity of your pain and any mobility problems you may have. Low-energy shockwave therapy may help to improve early stage inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Low-energy shocks are often provided as a series of treatments.
High-energy shockwave therapy is completed in a single session. It’s used to treat painful conditions such as tendon calcifications or damaged soft tissue. Treatment with high-energy shockwaves can be uncomfortable, but it stimulates the repair process, shortens healing time and often prevents the need for surgery. At TRI Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, the staff make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible during the treatment. Most people who’ve undergone the procedure say it’s worth the short-term discomfort to get the long-term benefits.
Improving Debilitating Conditions Using Shockwaves
Some conditions severely impact your quality of life by reducing your mobility or range of motion. Other conditions may cause chronic pain. One example is frozen shoulder, which can disrupt your mobility, cause severe pain and even interrupt your sleep. The goal of physical therapy is always to get you back to the full function you had before your injury or prior to the beginning of your painful symptoms. Shockwave therapy in Brooklyn is a very effective physical therapy treatment for back pain.
Frozen shoulder and other conditions that can cause similar symptoms can greatly improve with shockwave treatments. When your physical therapist uses this form of treatment, combined with functional exercises, your range of motion greatly increases and your pain decreases.
Is Shockwave Therapy Right for You?
Some conditions that affect tendons, ligaments or your musculoskeletal system don’t respond to traditional forms of treatment. Shockwave therapy may be the best treatment option for you. Your physical therapist considers it to help reduce your pain or to speed your recovery time.
If you have a chronic condition that hasn’t improved after other forms of treatment, this may be the answer you’re looking for. Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective form of treatment for many painful conditions and a noninvasive alternative when surgery is still a viable option that you want to avoid. Talk to your physical therapist about trying shockwave treatment before you undergo surgery.