Shockwave Therapy in Swansea IL

Chiropractic Swansea IL Shockwave Therapy Treatment

Shockwave therapy is a medical treatment that uses ultrasound technology to deliver high-energy acoustic waves to a specific location in order to promote the body's natural healing processes. Shockwave therapy in Swansea IL, at its most basic level, promotes the formation of new cells. Old, weak, or damaged cells are replaced by these new, healthy ones.

Shockwaves are concentrated ultrasonic energy (also known as ultrasound), which is defined as sound waves with a vibration frequency greater than 20,000 Hz. The average human can hear sounds with a frequency of 20 to 20,000 Hz.

Shockwave therapy is known by several different names, including:

  • Acoustic wave therapy
  • Focused shockwave therapy (FSW)
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Radial pressure wave therapy (RPW), also known as radial shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy, also known as radial pressure wave therapy, has been shown in numerous studies to be an effective way to treat chronic pain without surgery.

Shockwave therapy was first utilized to treat kidney stones in the 1990s. They noticed that the treatment seemed to speed up bone and soft tissue recovery, which prompted them to look into potential medicinal uses for RPW therapies.

Radial Shockwave Therapy's Advantages in Swansea

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REDUCES INFLAMMATION: Chronic inflammation leads to pain and a decrease in function. Mast cells aid in the battle against inflammation, and acoustic waves boost mast cell activity.

IMPROVED BLOOD FLOW: Shockwave therapy uses acoustic waves to generate microscopic tears in tissues, causing the body to create new blood vessels. This promotes speedier healing by increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the treatment region.

RELAXES TRIGGER POINTS: Extreme muscle tension in the back, neck, shoulders, and limbs (your body's pain trigger points) obstructs blood flow to those areas, resulting in pain. Because the muscle isn't getting enough oxygen, it hurts. Your body also eliminates waste through blood flow. The lack of oxygen and waste buildup drives the muscle to tense up, even more, resulting in a metabolic crisis. Acoustic wave therapy relieves pain and breaks the cycle by releasing tension in these trigger points.

INTERRUPTS “PAIN MESSAGES”: Substance P, a neurotransmitter, is responsible for sending pain messages to your brain. Shockwave therapy reduces Substance P levels, disrupting the pain signals. Additionally, the lower concentration limits your body's inflammatory response, resulting in even greater pain alleviation.

Chiropractic Swansea IL Shockwave Therapy On Lower BackREDUCES CALCIFICATION: Calcium deposits in damaged tendons are common. The calcium accumulation is broken down by acoustic waves, which the body then naturally excretes.

INCREASED COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: Collagen is a crucial component in the formation of muscle, skin, and connective tissues, therefore it's important for bone and joint health. Shockwave therapy allows your body to produce more collagen, which provides a firm foundation for new cells.

Shockwave FAQs

What is the success rate for radial shockwave therapy?

Research has shown an overall improvement of 77% in chronic tendinopathies that have not been cured by other treatment. The success rate differs depending on the tendon treated and ranges from an 85% success rate for calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder to 50% success rate for tennis elbow. It can take 3-4 months for the maximal effect to be achieved so a review at 12 weeks is recommended following your final treatment. If at this stage your symptoms are unchanged you will be advised of alternative treatments/surgery.

Is shockwave therapy painful?

Sometimes the treatment is a bit painful, but most people can stand these few intense minutes without a problem. Any pain experienced during treatment should not exceed 5/10 on the pain scale.

Will I be in pain after treatment?

You will normally notice reduced pain immediately following the treatment, but a mild and diffuse pain can occur after a few hours and last a day or so.

What should I do if I am in pain after the treatment?

Shockwave therapy intentionally initiates a pro-inflammatory condition in the tissue that is being treated. For this reason, we do not recommend using anti-inflammatory medication or ice as both will interfere with the body’s self-healing properties.

When can I return to activity?

Even if you have no pain after treatment, it is strongly recommended that you refrain from any activity that stresses the treated area for 24 hours after each treatment. You will be able to drive immediately after the treatment.

Will I need any rehabilitation or exercises after shockwave therapy?

The success of shockwave therapy is improved by doing a graded isometric / eccentric exercise program after the initial course of treatments. Our doctors will provide an exercise program specifically designed for your condition.

When is shockwave therapy contraindicated?

  • Clotting or coagulation disorders such as hemophilia, hemorrhage, and thrombosis or if you take prescription anticoagulants.
  • During pregnancy
  • Patients with an active cancer diagnosis
  • Cortisone therapy within 6 weeks of first treatment
  • Acute inflammation or infection of the treatment area
  • Over open growth plates of children/adolescents

What if shockwave therapy doesn’t work for me?

Even though the response to shockwave therapy is usually exceptionally good within a few weeks, it may take several months before maximum effect is achieved. If after 3-4 months you still do not experience a pronounced improvement, the doctor will explore alternative treatment options.

How do I get started?

Find out if shockwave therapy can help you by calling Swansea Chiropractic at (618) 236-3600.

You will receive a detailed consultation and examination by one of our doctors to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.

If you are serious about turning this problem around, and avoiding surgery, call our team at Swansea Chiropractic in Swansea today. We are here to answer any questions you have and we look forward to meeting you soon.

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Swansea Chiropractic

3 Park Pl Suite B
Swansea, IL 62226

(618) 236-3600