The Benefits of Radial Shockwave Therapy

When acute or chronic pain stops you from engaging in simple daily activities — forget about getting back to athletics — it's time to talk with the team at PharmXhealthOne about radial shockwave therapy.

Radial shockwave therapy, also called extracorporeal shockwave therapy, is a noninvasive treatment that doesn't just deliver temporary pain relief. It gives you long-lasting relief by stimulating healing.

Healing benefits of radial shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy uses high-energy sound waves to heal soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Radial shockwave therapy targets the inflamed and injured tissues. As the sound waves reach the damaged tissues, they stimulate a biological response inside the cells, accelerating your body's natural regenerative abilities and interrupting pain pathways.

Treatment with radial shockwave therapy can:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Increase cellular metabolism
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Accelerate new tissue growth
  • Trigger new blood vessel growth
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Break down calcium deposits
  • Boost blood circulation

We use radial shockwave therapy to treat nearly every area of your body where injured soft tissues cause pain. We may recommend this treatment to relieve pain in your shoulders, neck, back, chest, arms, legs, feet, heels, and ankles.

A few examples of specific conditions that improve with radial shockwave therapy include:

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Trigger points
  • Neuromas
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Biceps tendinopathy
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome

Radial shockwave therapy shows great promise for helping patients with arthritis. Studies report that it reduces pain and improves stiffness so well that some patients could stop taking pain-relieving medications or at least lower their dose.

Radial shockwave therapy takes only 10 minutes

During your initial appointment, we perform a thorough exam, determine the source of your pain, and decide if you should receive any other treatment before we recommend radial shockwave therapy.

Once we decide to move forward with shockwave treatment, your sessions are quick and simple.

We identify the inflamed or damaged tissues, apply a special gel to your skin, and then we place the handheld OrthoPulse Ultra 200 against your skin just above the targeted tissues. After we turn on the device, pulses of sound waves travel through your skin to the damaged tissues.

One shockwave session lasts 10 minutes. Most people need about three treatments spaced a week apart to achieve optimal results. You may experience pain relief within the first week or not until all of your sessions are finished.

Getting back to action after radial shockwave therapy

You may feel discomfort or pain during the first phase of your treatment. It's also common for minor bruising to develop. Otherwise, shockwave therapy is safe and doesn't cause other side effects.

You can return to your normal activities within 24-48 hours, and get back to more strenuous activities within four weeks.

If you struggle with pain, expert care is available at PharmXhealthOne. Call one of our offices in Port Saint Lucie, Boynton Beach, or Wellington, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.

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