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Radial Shock Wave Therapy

Radial shock wave therapy represents the same applications of acoustic, high-energy wave (pulse) transmissions into damaged body tissues. Sound pulses release intense but safe amounts of energy capable of penetrating deeper into tissues than laser or ultrasound. As the energy produced by radial shock wave therapy travels through varying depths of body tissue, they effectively target specific areas requiring repair and healing.

How Radial Shock Wave Therapy Works

When Dr. Austin directs therapeutic sound waves at painful areas, the powerful energy contained in sound waves stimulates cell and metabolic activity around the problematic site. This stimulation promotes the release of healing growth substances intrinsic to the body. As a result, inflammation and swelling decrease, blood flow to the area improves, scar tissue shrinks and reabsorption of calcium deposits that tend to irritate bones and tendons is induced.

What Conditions Benefit from Radial Shock Wave Therapy?

A chronic pain disorder referred to as myofascial pain syndrome responds well to radial shock wave therapy. Myofascial pain is indicated when muscle points called trigger points cause pain in other areas of the body if pressure is applied to them. Myofascial pain syndrome usually occurs after muscles have been contracted repeatedly due to engaging in consistently repetitive motions. Muscle tension associated with long-term stress may also instigate myofascial pain syndrome.

Symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome include

  • Persistent aching or deep pain in muscles
  • Pain that worsens or does not respond to traditional treatments
  • Knot-like tenderness in muscles
  • Inability to sleep due to pain

Dr. Austin recommends radial shock wave therapy for the relief of myofascial pain syndrome in addition to the following conditions:

  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Calcific rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Hallux rigidus (stiff big toe)
  • Anterior tibial syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stress fractures
  • Patellar chondropathy

How is Radial Shock Wave Therapy Administered?

By passing a handheld pulse device over affected areas (determined by patient feedback and pre-examination), Dr. Austin relieves painful symptoms while providing injured tissues with therapeutic sound waves. Treatments take less than 15 minutes and many people experience significant improvement following the initial treatment.

No imaging or anesthesia is required and patients do not experience lengthy recovery times associated with invasive procedures. Depending on the severity or nature of the condition, patients may require two or three treatments per week. Generally, pain is eliminated and tissues are restored to optimal functioning with 30 to 60 days following administration of radial shock wave therapy.

Contraindications for Radial Shock Wave Therapy

Some people may not be good candidates for this kind of therapy. For example, those suffering heart problems, coagulation disorders, cancer or polyneuropathy due to diabetes mellitus should consider other methods practiced by Dr. Austin to relieve painful tissue conditions.

For more information about radial shock wave therapy, contact Dr. Brian Austin's Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab today to speak to one of our staff.

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