Shockwave Therapy

Shock Wave Therapy  can significantly reduce or eliminate chronic pain. Studies indicate that it is extremely effective at reversing damage to tissue allowing the affected area to regenerate and heal itself.

How does it work? 

Shockwave therapy eliminates pain right at the point of origin. The point of injury is subjected to high energy acoustic pulses (shock waves). Since these shock waves are sound waves, there are no electric shocks involved in this treatment. The body reacts with a strong healing response with raised local metabolism, increase capillary growth and tissue regeneration.1 Calcified tissue will start to be broken-up and re-absorbed by the body.

What ailments does Shockwave Therapy treat?

  • Elbow pain: tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, tendonitis, repetitive strain
  • Shoulder pain: frozen shoulder, tendonitis such as supraspinatus or biceps
  • Knee pain: osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, patellar tendinopathy, shin splints
  • Ankle & foot pain: plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, chronic instability of the ankle/foot
  • Hip pain: trochanteric bursitis
  • Myofascial pain: trigger points
  • Chronic ligament tears/sprains
  • Tendonitis of the hand/thumb

What should I expect? 

You will experience a sensation of mild discomfort while the pulses help to break down scar tissue. The process is very tolerable and patients adjust to it as time progresses. Local redness will be produced and in some rare cases bruising. These will go away. There may be some increased soreness in the next 24 hours after the treatment but this is a healing reaction and should subside by the following day. The entire healing process can take up to 10 to 12 weeks but the result is rejuvenated tissues that are not easily injured as before.

Chiropractic care has grown beyond the spinal adjustments that make it famous. At Cajun Chiropractic and Rehab, serving the Youngsville, LA, area, Dr. Jean Smith now offers shockwave therapy to treat a myriad of issues. These can include auto accidents, athletic, personal, or work-related injuries. 

What is Shockwave Therapy?

A “shockwave” is acoustic energy that is formed when pressure fronts move forth at supersonic speeds, pushing through the surrounding area. In restorative therapy, shockwaves can be used by being focused on a specific part of the body. The energy is used in tandem with compressions from the transmitter. This can help to promote the regeneration of bones, tendons, and soft tissues. 

What Does Shockwave Therapy Do to the Body?

There are several benefits to shockwave therapy that have been observed in the body.

Blood Vessel Formation

The acoustic waves can cause micro-ruptures to the capillaries of bone and tendons, causing an increase in growth hormones. This particular healing process permits some new blood vessels to be created, improving blood flow and improving the healing of an injury.

Inflammation Reduction

Pervasive acoustic waves that are generated can be used to increase the creation of inflammatory compounds. Though this seems counter-productive to the goal, this induced inflammatory action is done also to induce the regenerative process.

Collagen Stimulation

Shockwaves have been shown to improve the procollagen synthesis process. This forces fresh collagen fibers to form during of the healing process, resulting in fuller healing of the area.

Calcium Buildup Dissolution

Tears or other injuries can lead to a form of calcification in that area. Shockwaves can break down the calcium that has formed as deposits or buildup, which will then be removed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system.

If you are looking for a provider in the Youngsville, LA, area who offers shockwave therapy, call 337-210-3399 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jean Smith so that he and the team of Cajun Chiropractic and Rehab can help you begin your path to wellness.

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