Shockwave Therapy in Littleton CO
Littleton Chiropractic uses Shockwave Therapy in Littleton CO as a part of a whole-patient approach to improving patient health and well-being. Officially called low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (Li-ESWT), the procedure is more commonly known as shockwave therapy.
CONDITIONS TREATED BY SHOCKWAVE THERAPY in Littleton CO
- Tennis Elbow
- Rotator Cuff
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Jumper's Knee
- Calcific Tendinitis Of The Shoulder
THERE MAY BE HOPE FOR YOU
The energy waves stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms through microtrauma to the area. It triggers your own regenerative cells to come to the area and heal the tissue. It enhances vascularization and nerve regeneration as well.
HOW IS THERAPY DONE?
Your Littleton CO therapist will discuss your symptoms with you and locate the source of pain. They will then mark the area intended for the Shockwave Therapy. A gel is applied to optimize the contact between the application device and your skin. The handpiece delivers pulsations to the pain area for a number of prescribed pulses, depending on the condition.
Heal Faster, Feel Better
Let your body’s own innate healing responses do the hard work by increasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation. Shockwave technology calls your body’s own repairman to heal tissue from the inside out, without the use of drugs or surgery.
We are pleased to offer Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy at Littleton Chiropractic. ESWT is a non-surgical procedure used to heal chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, shoulder tendonitis, and other chronic conditions. These conditions can impact the quality of your life and mean that you’re unable to exercise or do the things you enjoy.
You may have to take regular pain relief medication, which still doesn’t always relieve your pain and discomfort, and can cause you to develop side effects. Sometimes, surgery can seem like your only option, which is daunting and not without risk.
ESWT benefits patients because their condition can be treated extracorporeally, meaning outside of the body. Since ESWT is non-invasive, no lengthy recovery period and virtually no side effects or time off from work.
Shockwave therapy is an innovative therapy that can target specific pain in the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It’s a non-invasive treatment that can be delivered on an out patient basis and gives significant or total relief of pain in the vast majority of patients.
Take the first step toward relief by calling us today. Imagine your life …pain free!
History Of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
In the 1960s and 1970s, scientists began investigating the potential use of shockwaves on human tissue, and by the mid 1980s, shock waves were being used as a lithotripsy treatment to break up kidney stones and gallstones. This marked the beginning of non-invasive technologies for treating human tissues.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), also known as shockwave therapy, was first used in clinical practice in 1982 to treat urologic conditions. This technology’s success in the treatment of urinary stones quickly established it as a first-line, noninvasive, and effective method. Following that, ESWT was investigated in orthopedics, where it was discovered that it could loosen the cement in total hip arthroplasty revisions. Furthermore, animal studies conducted in the 1980s revealed that ESWT could improve fracture healing by augmenting the bone-cement interface, increasing osteogenic response, and improving osteogenic response. While shockwave therapy has been shown to aid in fracture healing, the majority of orthopedic research has concentrated on upper and lower extremity tendinopathies, fasciopathies, and soft tissue conditions.
Shock wave therapy has been used to treat certain musculoskeletal disorders for about 15 years.
ESWT employs a series of low-energy acoustic waves delivered to the patient’s skin via a transducer and a topical gel as a medium. It is completely non-invasive and does not necessitate the use of anesthesia or pain medications.
Shockwaves work by stimulating tissue repair and reducing pain by activating the body’s innate healing mechanisms. After just one treatment session, many patients report significant pain relief.
Patients may experience temporary swelling and tenderness at the treatment site because ESWT causes an inflammatory response, which is the body’s healing mechanism. This is a healthy healing response that should not be suppressed with anti-inflammatory drugs.
Shockwave therapy is particularly effective in the treatment of tendinopathies, which are often slow to heal, as well as tendinosis, a degenerative condition of injured tendons. It is also beneficial in the healing of non-union bone fractures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Shockwave therapy is beneficial for patients with painful soft tissue (muscle, tendons and ligaments), joint and bone conditions. The therapy can help those with sports or overuse injuries and can benefit those undergoing physiotherapy for a range of complaints.
Most commonly, shockwave therapy is used to help treat the following conditions:
- Achilles tendinopathy (pain in the tendon that connects the back of the foot to the calf muscle)
- Plantar fasciitis (pain in the underside of the foot)
- Tennis elbow (pain on the outer side of the elbow)
- Golfer elbow (pain on the inner side of the elbow)
- Patellofemoral syndrome (runner’s knee)
- Iliotibial band Syndrome, or ITBS (pain that stretches from the outside of the hip down the outer thigh to the outside of the knee caused by running and cycling)
- Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
- Bony heel spurs
Success Rates: 90% improvement was recorded for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) by the Journal of Orthopedic Research (2005). The same publication quotes a 77% success rate when treating Tennis Elbow with Radial Shockwave Therapy and other clinical studies have generally reported a success rate in excess of 75%. Nice (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) provided evidence to the NHS: NICE evidence for Shockwave.
Shockwave Therapy is FDA cleared for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and connective tissue disorders; there are no known risks or complications.
Shockwave therapy is an elective pay modality and is not covered by insurance.
Shockwave Therapy is not recommended for patients on blood thinners, those with malignancies, and those who are pregnant.
Shockwave treatment is often performed once a week for a period of 3-6 weeks, depending on Chronicity of the problem.
Patients may begin to see improvement 4 weeks after their last treatment. More significant improvement often occurs 8-12 weeks after the last treatment.
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