Shock Wave Therapy in Gatlinburg, TN
What Is Shock Wave Therapy?
Shock wave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is a non-surgical emerging treatment known to address the root cause of a condition rather than just its symptoms. The treatment uses acoustic waves to trigger neurovascularization—the formation of a neurovascular system, particularly new blood vessels—and helps to increase blood circulation to a targeted area. What's more, ESWT breaks down fibrous scar tissue in order to stimulate cell regeneration. This helps to promote healing and reduce pain, making it an ideal non-invasive treatment used in orthopaedic and sports medicine; however its applications reach into numerous other medical specialties.
If you are suffering from anything from back pain and plantar fasciitis to erectile dysfunction and stretch marks, shockwave therapy may be able to provide you with pain relief and restored function. To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Gatlinburg who specializes in electric shock wave therapy, call (423) 482-8711 or contact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center online.
How Does Shock Wave Therapy Work?
The shock waves produced in electro shock wave therapy are not really electrical in nature, but are actually acoustic waves created through either electromagnetism or compressed air. Shockwave therapy is believed to cause localized microtrauma, which stimulates the body's natural healing ability. This in turn:
- Stimulates angiogenesis, or new blood vessel creation
- Stimulates neurogenesis, or new nerve cell creation
- Reduces chronic inflammation
- Lowers the concentration of the neurotransmitter Substance P, reducing pain
- Stimulates collagen production
- Breaks down calcium build-ups called calcifications
- Releases trigger points, which cause back, shoulder neck and limb pain
- Increases local blood circulation
There are two different types of shockwaves that can be used for shockwave therapy treatment: focused and radial.
Focused waves are generated when a high voltage is applied to 1,000 piezoceramic crystals, which produce pressure waves. Focused waves also:
- Have higher pressure peaks
- Greater depth of penetration
- Focus on a specific, cigar-shaped volume
Radial waves are usually produced by ballistic generation, in which the kinetic energy of a projectile, accelerated by compressed air, is converted into a shock wave. Radical waves also:
- Have lower pressure peaks
- Have reduced depth of penetration
- Affect a broad area
What are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?
The potential healing properties of shockwave therapy may be used to help treat a wide amount of ailments. However, aliments that are commonly treated by shockwave therapy, include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder pain
Shockwave therapy can treat these conditions by healing the microtearing found in plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, and healing the hurt connective tissues found in tennis elbow and shoulder tendonitis.
Other conditions that might be healed from shockwave therapy are:
- Lower back pain
- Scar tissue
- Bone spurs
- Joint calcifications
- Bone healing
- Stretch marks
- Kidney stones
- Erectile dysfunction
Shockwave therapy is not for everyone. People should not have this procedure if they have neuropathy (poor sensation), hypersensitivity, open sores, heart conditions, a history of seizures, or are pregnant.
What to Expect During Shock Wave Therapy Treatment
Shock wave therapy can be completed in the comfort of your healthcare provider's office due to its non-invasive nature. During shock wave treatment, your healthcare practitioner will use a probe and conductive gel or oil. The probe creates the shock waves and is connected to a machine that controls the power and intensity of the waves. The probe and gel are placed onto the treatment area to administer shock waves. High-energy or low-energy waves may be used depending on the ailment being treated. High-energy waves may cause some discomfort and require a local anesthetic, while low-energy waves will not.
Multiple sessions may be required based on your unique needs. ESWT does not require a lengthy recovery period and complications are infrequent. Your healthcare practitioner may advise you to reduce your physical activity for 1-2 weeks following treatment depending on the condition ESWT is addressing.
Shockwave therapy may provide the healing that you need the most. To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare practitioner in Gatlinburg who specializes in shockwave therapy, call (423) 482-8711 or contact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center online.
AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center
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