There are many scientifically proven methods of treating various conditions that patients have.
While it’s difficult to say with certainty that one treatment method is superior, there certainly exist treatment methods that are more appropriate for various patients and conditions.
One of these methods is shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy isn’t new to the healthcare world.
More than 40 years later, shockwave therapy has become a widely popular treatment for conditions like plantar fasciitis, chronic pain, nonunions, hip dysplasia, and numerous athletic injuries.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that relies on acoustic sound saves to deliver pressure at the trigger points along the body.
Instead of using medication or surgery to deliver treatment, shockwave therapy introduces micro-trauma to the injury and treatment site.
Micro-trauma helps start the natural healing process, promoting cell growth and blood flow to repair bones, muscles, joints, and tendons. It also helps reduce pain and inflammation to improve mobility and functionality.
Why Should Healthcare Professionals Use Shockwave Therapy?
There are many studies and clinical trials that prove the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in humans and animals.
For example, a study examined shockwave therapy for patients with lateral epicondylitis of the elbow. Forty-three patients received shockwave therapy with 1 to 2 years of follow-up, and six patients received a placebo treatment as the control group. Participants were scored on a 100-point scale to evaluate pain, function, strength, and range of motion.
61.4% of patients recovered completely, 29.5% recovered significantly, 6.8% recovered slightly, and only 2.3% remained unchanged. All patients in the control group remained unchanged from their initial condition.
Multiple veterinarians and horse trainers have also reported success in treating animals and decreasing lameness. One of the first case series completed showed 80% improvement in lameness by at least one grade for horses with bone spavin.
How Can You Deliver Shockwave Therapy?
There are different shockwave machines in the market, and it’s important to use a high-quality one.
Shockwave Canada’s machines are manufactured by Storz Medical, a Swiss medical manufacturing company with 70 years of experience and industry knowledge.
For example, the MASTERPULS® ONE is one of the lightest and most portable shockwave machines we offer. Its ergonomic design is easy on your hands and doesn’t stress the body when treating patients.
We also offer other shockwave machines in the MASTERPULS® Ultra series, depending on your clinic and patient needs.
To learn about how you can incorporate the long-term benefits of shockwave therapy into your practice, contact us today by calling 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visit our website.