Backed by medical literature, shockwave therapy is a drug-free, non-surgical, and non-invasive treatment that involves delivery of shock waves to injured soft tissue to reduce pain and promote healing. Double-blind, randomized, controlled studies support shockwave therapy’s effectiveness in treating a variety of medical conditions. These shockwave physiotherapy statistics supplied below show the revolutionary treatment options in this field, which can also be used by chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, doctors, and even veterinarians and horse trainers.
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that happens when the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, is inflamed. The tissue helps absorb the stress at the bottom of the feet, however, if the pressure is too high or persists for a longer period, it can damage the tissue. Shockwave therapy has shown to offer 84% improvement in patients suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff is a condition where the build-up of calcium deposits causes tendons to become swollen and irritated. This condition limits the range of movement of the patient and causes pain and discomfort in the arm, neck, and shoulder area. One study showed calcifications disappeared completely for nearly 87 per cent of those treated with shockwave therapy.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that occurs when tendons in the elbow are weakened. This happens when certain motions that put a strain on the elbow are repetitively performed. A study that looked at forty-three patients (forty-four elbows) with lateral epicondylitis using shockwave therapy. Results showed twenty-seven elbows (over 64 per cent) were completely free of complaint after treatment and thirteen (nearly 30 per cent) were significantly better. Only one elbow in the study showed no improvement.
Hamstring muscle injuries are quite common in athletes, particularly those who play sports that require sprinting. A pulled hamstring means that one or more muscles at the back of the thigh have been strained or are torn. A study compared the effectiveness of shockwave therapy to a traditional conservative treatment consisting of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, and an exercise program. After three months of treatment, the results showed that out of the twenty who underwent shockwave therapy, seventeen (85 per cent) reported a pain reduction of at least 50 per cent, while only two of twenty (10 per cent) reported equivalent results in the other group.
These shockwave physiotherapy statistics clearly show the effectiveness of shockwave therapy. Shockwave Canada offers a variety of devices for physiotherapists and medical practitioners. If you would like to incorporate the long-term benefits of shockwave therapy into your practice, contact us today by dialing 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or by visiting our website.