We have seen a steady increase in the use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy.
In fact, in recent years, more and more medical professionals are starting to offer this therapy.
There are a number of factors that have contributed to an increase in the use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy and in this blog, we take a closer look at them.
One of the main reasons for medical institutions and private practices investing in shockwave therapy is that its effectiveness has been proven, a number of times, through independent studies, when it comes to the treatment of various health conditions related to damaged bone and muscle tissues.
According to clinical studies, shockwave technology reports a 91% success rate.
It is a versatile form of therapy that can treat different conditions ranging from plantar fasciitis and jumper’s knee to tendonitis and frozen shoulder.
For plantar fasciitis, about one million people seek shockwave therapy annually and clinical studies have shown how shockwave therapy results in a significant difference in the thickness of fascia and pain reduction.
There are a number of clinical studies and medical papers that have explored the effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy. To explore medical literature and compare the results of the therapy with other forms of treatment, you can access some studies here.
In extracorporeal shock wave therapy, acoustic shock waves are sent into the affected bones or soft tissues to facilitate recovery on a cellular level. This helps in:
- Formation of new blood vessels and consequently improving the blood supply and oxygenation of the affected area.
- Boosting collagen production which in turn strengthens the tendons and ligaments by creating a firmer structure.
- Clearing up the calcification from the affected area to reduce pain and restore function.
Another reason why it is a preferred method of addressing many muscle- and bone-related conditions is that it is non-invasive. As no surgery is required, the patients can heal sooner and be back on their feet.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy in Sports
One segment where extracorporeal shock wave therapy has seen exponential growth is sports medicine.
Many sports practitioners preferred using this form of therapy because it not only treats issues but it also enhances performance. Not only that – the therapy can even help prevent injuries.
It is an easy to administer therapy that delivers results fast, is non-invasive, and can quite literally be provided anywhere. This is why numerous NHL, NBA, and NFL teams provide shockwave therapy to their athletes.
Shockwave therapy machines such as the MASTERPULS® ONE are perfect for sports medicine practitioners. This shockwave therapy machine is the lightest and most transportable shockwave system yet.
It’s perfect for treating athletes on-the-go, both on and off the field.
The shockwave therapy machine is approved for operation for more than a working day — longer than many other radial pressure wave systems available today and its SPARROW™ handpiece ensures effortless handling and treatment.
In Canada, the MASTERPULS® ONE shockwave machine, from Storz Medical, is available through Shockwave Canada. Learn more about the machine and other machines available at Shockwave Canada here: https://shockwavecanada.com/our-shockwave-therapy-machines/
To learn more or to add shockwave therapy to your own practice, contact Shockwave Canada by calling 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visiting https://shockwavecanada.com/contact-shockwave-therapy-canada/.