There are many of scientific evidence pointing to the innovative treatment of shockwave therapy and its popularity in healthcare.
Shockwave machines, like the Storz Medical machines, have been developed and improved to deliver non-invasive, effective treatment for various conditions.
Here are some of the common conditions that can benefit from shockwave therapy treatments.
Strained and Pulled Muscles
Strains and pulled muscles can occur from repetitive movements, injuries or trauma, and inadequate gear that causes an excessive pressure.
Plantar fasciitis is a common repetitive strain injury to the ligament of the sole caused by excessive walking or running, improper shoes that strain the feet, or injuries and trauma from jumping motions.
In a sonoelastographic evaluation of plantar fascia after shockwave therapy for recalcitrant plantar fasciitis, 22 participants completed treatment over 12 months. Follow-up appointments were conducted at the 1-week, 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month intervals.
The results show that the severity of pain significantly reduced at the 12-month follow-up appointment. Stiffness of plantar fascia became softer at 1-week of follow-up and gradually became stiffer in the following months.
Tendinopathy is the breakdown of collagen in the tendon, which reduces flexibility and mobility and causes pain.
Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most common sports injuries that healthcare practitioners see in their clinics.
In an article published on NCBI, five randomized controlled trials and three case-control studies were analyzed to determine the effectiveness of shockwave therapy for Achilles tendinopathy.
Results show that patients receiving shockwave therapy experienced significantly better scores on the visual analog scale for pain than comparison therapy. It also improved the functional outcome of patients.
Calcification is a build-up of calcium deposits, and calcific tendonitis can occur anywhere.
One of the most common areas that suffer from calcifications is the rotator cuff.
In another article published on NCBI, 34 patients with calcific tendonitis participated in a study to analyze the effects of shockwave therapy for calcific tendonitis. Eighteen patients received six weeks of shockwave therapy, and the remaining patients were in the control group.
The study indicates that the shoulder joint function showed a significant difference between the treatment and control groups. The treatment group had higher scores of shoulder joint function at the 12-week follow-up compared to the control group. The treatment group also showed a significant decrease in pain compared to the control group.
Shockwave therapy can provide many benefits to your clinic. Not only does it effectively treat many of the common conditions that your patients have, but it also delivers treatment in innovative, non-invasive ways.
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