A 2020 review of shockwave therapy for patients with chronic low back pain found significant improvement across several parameters, including pain, anxiety, and overall quality of life. The treatment has proven benefits for back pain, from the neck to the lower back.
Anti-Aging Wellness MD starts today’s update with a reintroduction to shockwave therapy and its contribution to pain management.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy has been a lifesaver for musculoskeletal injuries and pain. It was developed in 1985 to treat kidney stones and extended to other conditions soon after.
Today, it is also a non-invasive alternative to surgical procedures for joint and musculoskeletal injuries and their overarching symptoms, particularly for athletes who can’t afford the longer downtime after surgery.
Now let’s discuss shockwave therapy for neck and back pain management.
Shockwave Therapy for Neck and Back Pain Management
You can understand how shockwave therapy works for neck and back pain by taking a closer look at how it works. Period.
During the procedure, your shockwave therapy doctor New Jersey will apply ultrasound gel to the affected area and move a handheld device emitting radial sound waves over it. As soon as these waves enter the body, they radiate like a shockwave, healing the injured area. Here’s how.
- The radial sound waves direct nutrient-rich blood—and faster recovery—to the affected area.
- They cause some inflammation to kickstart your body’s natural recovery process.
- This recovery promotes cellular regeneration of the already injured tissues, thereby reducing the pain of this injury.
- The sound waves will also break down scar tissue, which can be painful and limit movement.
When you apply this procedure to your back and neck, you treat the underlying cause of your pain, which could be a joint, muscle, or tendon injury.
Shockwave Therapy: Sessions and Recovery
The number of sessions and the recovery period between each shockwave therapy session can vary from person to person. While your first session will alleviate the pain somewhat, it won’t last if you undergo at least three sessions overall. That’s another thing that varies by the individual. Some require more shockwave therapy sessions than others for lasting relief.
The recovery time between each treatment can last 3–10 days, depending on how your tissues react to the sound waves. They might react differently depending on your injury. For instance, your tissues might need more time to recover from the high-pressure shockwaves if you have chronic low back pain.
Book a SoftWave® Therapy Consultation in Newark, NJ
Please consult one of our doctors in New Jersey about a musculoskeletal injury and try our shockwave therapy services to accelerate recovery and alleviate back and neck pain and other symptoms of the injury. We also provide bioidentical hormone therapy and at least three anti-aging facial treatments in New Jersey.
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