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Feb

23

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

–A Breakthrough in Pain Management and Mobility Restoration

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY is a noninvasive method that uses pressure waves to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. High-energy acoustic waves (shock waves) deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues. The shockwaves produce a force on the tissues that may include healing. How does this healing work? It has been postulated that shock waves cause inflammation and improve blood flow within the affected area, stimulating cell regeneration and decreasing local growth factors which cause pain thus encouraging the body to repair and heal itself.

For the patient to avail of the treatment procedure, a clinical assessment with the Physiatrist (Rehabilitation Medicine physician) must be done for the appropriate prescription. There are a variety of conditions that may benefit from treatment with SHOCKWAVE THERAPY.  These include plantar fasciitis, calcific shoulder tendinitis, Achilles tendinitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, myofascial pain syndrome and other chronic painful musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions. Shockwave therapy treatment is performed by a licensed physical therapist using a probe pressed on to the affected area.  The shockwaves are then delivered through the skin with the aid of a coupling medium. The shockwaves are felt as pulses which maybe a little uncomfortable but not painful. The treatment procedure usually lasts 5 minutes for each area, performed on a weekly interval for 3-5 sessions depending on the recommendation of the physiatrist.

What to expect after shockwave treatment? Many patients experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately after the treatment, while others take several weeks to respond. There may be a transient reddening or swelling of the area, with some patients experiencing a momentary increase in pain within 2 days of the treatment that gradually disappears after 3-5 days. It may take several weeks to see an overall benefit.

In the past three months that we’ve had the privilege of offering SHOCKWAVE THERAPY at Mediatrix, we’ve been receiving lots of positive feedback from our patients attesting to its immediate, impressive results, and they highly recommend this treatment to other patients.

We understand how frustrating it could be when you have tried everything —- from oral anti-inflammatory medications to multiple steroid injections, application of braces, splints, taping and/or using special shoe inserts and the like; and still nothing works to ease the pain. If you are one of those suffering from chronic painful musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions, the solution you are looking for is here! Come and visit us at Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located at 1st floor, H. B. Calleja Building.

Mary Ann G. Mendoza, PTRP

Chief Physical Therapist