Therapeutic shock waves are a method of treatment by electro stimulation. Shock waves deliver small electrical discharges.
Shockwave therapy involves electrostimulation. Shock waves are created by tiny electrical discharges. There are two types of shock waves: extracorporeal and radial.
Radial shock waves are currently used is sports medicine due to their ease of use :
Shockwave therapy involves stimulating the damaged tendon to promote healing and can be used to treat tendon conditions and chronic fibrotic lesions through:
The following conditions can generally be treated using shock waves :
The high-energy ultrasound shock waves act directly on the deeper underlying tissues (you don’t feel the vibrations on your skin).
A standard session consists in :
Generally, 4 to 6 sessions of 5 to 10 minutes each are carried out at weekly intervals.
The symptoms gradually improve but total healing is only observed about 6 weeks after the final session.
It is often possible to continue sports activities during the treatment as long as you respect the pain and don’t put too much strain on the area being treated.
You will see a rapid improvement in your quality of life and a reduction in pain while maintaining moderate physical activity below the pain threshold.
This therapy is an interesting alternative to surgery and corticosteroid infiltrations for treating tendinopathies.
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