What Is It?
Radial shockwave therapy is a common healing technology used especially to heal professional athletes around the world. The technology uses sound waves around the injured area to increase metabolic activity and hasten the overall healing process.
One of the main reasons injured athletes are advised to undergo this treatment is because it is quicker than other treatment methods. It is after all important for any injured athlete to get back in shape as quickly as possible.
Surgery in Case of Physical Injury Is Less Effective
The greatest advantage of radial shockwave therapy is a faster healing process. The treatment is quick and effective. Surgery usually takes longer to heal. With surgery, the patient is confined to a bed for a period of weeks or months, depending on the injury. With shockwave therapy, a patient can start moving within the first few weeks.
Here is a brief overview of radial shockwave therapy.
During the radial shockwave therapy, the wave breaks scarred tissue around the injury. This makes it easier for the body to heal the wound or the injury. As every treatment, there are a few side effects in shockwave therapy too. For instance, the shockwaves cause inflammatory problems around the injury but are not life threatening in any way.
A common misconception about radial shockwave therapy is that it heals only certain kinds of injuries like sprains and fractures. This therapy can be used to effectively treat most kinds of injuries that sportsmen suffer from. From tennis elbow to ligament damages, the number of injuries radial shockwave therapy can cure is great.
When the shockwave breaks down scar tissue around the injury, the body feels less pain. The smaller tissues that are left are easier and faster to heal. This is especially beneficial for extreme sporting accidents as in the case with boxing or football, where players suffer from serious and sometimes highly painful injuries.
Each sitting lasts 5 to 10 minutes, for a total of one sitting a week per area. Although the treatment isn’t completely painless, it is tolerable because of the uses of waves.
The therapy is not a miracle worker. You cannot expect to have results after the first sitting. Depending on the extent of the injury and the injury area, the treatment starts taking effect after 2 or 3 sittings. The key is to be patient and let the doctors take control.
Shockwave therapy is a well-known procedure that doesn’t cost much. Doctors usually charge on the basis of the entire treatment, including every sitting. Fortunately, the treatment is covered by health insurances.