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The Science Behind Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a unique treatment that delivers acoustic waves, or energy waves, to areas experiencing pain or discomfort. These waves aren’t harmful—they’re specifically calibrated to stimulate and accelerate your body’s own healing processes. The procedure has its roots in a technique for dissolving kidney stones.

When these energy waves reach your tissues, they create a form of “controlled injury”, which prompts your body to respond. This response includes increased blood flow to the area and the release of specific proteins that stimulate tissue regeneration and healing. The idea is to “trick” the body into kick-starting its natural healing mechanisms, especially in areas where it’s slow to respond.

This process is particularly beneficial for foot and ankle conditions. Because the feet and ankles bear the weight of the entire body, they’re often prone to painful and chronic conditions that can be stubborn and slow to heal. Shockwave therapy helps by precisely targeting these problem areas, stimulating faster healing, reducing inflammation, and ultimately alleviating pain. The result is a non-invasive, scientifically-backed treatment option that has been shown to improve recovery times and quality of life for those suffering from foot and ankle ailments.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work for Feet and Ankle Ailments?

The treatment begins with the application of a special gel on the affected area. This gel aids the shockwave device to move seamlessly over the skin. The therapist then uses the device to send acoustic waves, with controlled intensity and frequency, to the painful spot. These pulses of energy penetrate deep into your tissues, working to increase blood flow and targeting the root cause of the pain. The actual treatment session is brief, usually lasting about 15-20 minutes. Shockwave treatment may be recommended on its own or in combination with physical therapy. However, shock wave therapy typically repeated over several weeks, depending on your specific condition and response to therapy.

Shockwave therapy is generally safe and well-tolerated, but like all procedures, it does carry potential side effects. Some individuals may experience mild discomfort during or after the procedure. Temporary side effects might include skin reddening, swelling at the treatment site, or minor bruising. However, these are usually temporary and resolve quickly on their own.

Shockwave therapy isn’t suitable for everyone. Those who are pregnant, have a pacemaker, have certain bone or circulatory disorders, or are on blood-thinning medications should generally avoid this treatment. It’s crucial to discuss your complete medical history with your healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment protocols.

Walking Pain-Free with Texas Orthopaedic Associates

The expert team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates is dedicated to supporting you as you consider shockwave therapy. We are ready to guide you through the process, address any queries or worries, and offer top-tier care and treatment tailored to your specific needs. We encourage you to reach out to our nearby office or conveniently schedule an appointment online today.