While winter has its own charm, having too much snow is another story.
Children love the snow but it can get a tab bit annoying, for adults, especially when there are mounds of snow on your driveway and pretty much everywhere else on your property.
If you are already dealing with back pain issues, snow shovelling can sometimes aggravate these.
So, as winter progresses, it is good to know about back pain treatment options and their effectiveness.
Back Pain – When Should You Seek Medical Advice?
Low back pain is so common in adults that it is only surpassed by the common cold.
Research shows that approximately 80% of people, in the entire population, experience low back pain at least once during their lives.
While you may think that your back pain can be managed at home, there are some cases in which you need to seek medical attention. These include:
- If it lasts more than a week.
- If the pain makes it difficult to carry out normal daily activities.
- If you experience intense pain at night or when you lie down.
- If it results in weakness, numbness, or tingling in one or both of your legs.
- If it is accompanied by weight loss or swelling on your back.
These indicate that you may need medical assistance and help from chiropractors, physiotherapists, or specialists.
They may recommend shockwave therapy for back pain. Shockwave therapy offers pain relief, assists in improving mobility, is non-surgical in nature, and helps reduce the dependence on pain-killers.
How Does Shockwave Therapy For Back Pain Work?
Shockwave therapy machines are used to apply strong energy pulses to the affected area for short periods of time.
This process stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing.
With just a few sessions of the therapy, most patients make a fast recovery and are able to return to their day-to-day activities around the house and at work.
Medical Literature On The Effectiveness Of Shockwave Therapy
There are a number of studies that show that shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for back pain.
One study has shown that an exercise program combined with shockwave therapy relieves chronic back pain more than an exercise program combined with conservative physical therapy.
Similarly, extracorporeal shock wave therapy has also been proven as an effective intervention for the treatment of pain, disability, and depression in chronic low back pain patients.
MASTERPULS® And Back Pain Relief
The MASTERPULS® Ultra series, from Storz Medical, available at Shockwave Canada, are innovative and reliable machines that can help in addressing any back-pain concerns that snow shovelers may have.
With these machines, SPINE-ACTOR® transmitters can be used to treat back pain issues. The three differently sized SPINE-ACTOR® transmitters make special treatments in the paravertebral region possible. Owing to the forked double tip shape of the transmitters, the paravertebral muscles of the entire spine in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar zones can be optimally reached.
Dealing with back pain issues? Give shockwave therapy a try. Get in touch to find a shockwave practitioner near you.
If you’re a practitioner, discover the advantages of shockwave therapy for yourself. Contact us to learn more about our shockwave therapy machines, including the MASTERPULS® Ultra line. Call 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visit https://shockwavecanada.com.