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Understanding Shockwave Therapy

Published October 20th, 2020 by Functional Health Center

If you’re living with acute or chronic pain, shockwave therapy may be the solution to give you the relief it needs. This innovative technology triggers specific responses in your body that promote healing to your musculoskeletal condition. It also encourages new cell growth and can repair your damaged tissues.

At Functional Health Center in Bay Harbor Islands and Hallandale Beach, Florida, our board-certified physician, Solomon Behar, MD, leads our team in regenerative therapies to help you heal. Our shockwave therapy treatment can help you heal quickly, restore your mobility, reduce your pain, and possibly alleviate all of your discomforts entirely.

Shockwave therapy explained

Shockwave therapy sends pulses of sound waves into your targeted area of pain. It triggers natural, positive responses from your body, such as increasing your blood supply, promoting mast cell activity, decreasing chronic inflammation, and activating collagen production.

It can also break up waste buildup and break down calcium buildup in your tendons.

These changes in your body accelerate your healing on a cellular level, which restores function and reduces pain.

How to know if shockwave therapy is right for you

Although shockwave therapy began as a way to disintegrate gallstones and kidney stones without damaging any surrounding tissue, it’s come a long way since then. 

We now use it to help with musculoskeletal conditions, including:

If you experience any of these issues, shockwave therapy can help you.

The shockwave therapy procedure

This noninvasive therapy is completely painless. Your visit involves sitting comfortably while we apply a gel to the area we’re treating. An applicator is placed directly onto your body, and the shockwave therapy begins.

While we administer the shockwaves, you may feel some mild discomfort, but we can adjust the intensity of your treatment to keep you comfortable.

Your session lasts about 10 minutes or less, and we typically recommend a series of treatments to achieve the best results. For example, depending on your level of pain, you may need 3-5 treatments spaced 3-10 days apart, but you should experience relief immediately. Studies show that almost 80% of men and women worldwide have successful results from shockwave therapy treatment.

Shockwave therapy safety

With shockwave therapy, you might notice some tenderness in the treated area, but only for a short period. There are very few risks with this treatment.

As a precaution, we recommend that you avoid physical activity for about 48 hours. Then you can get back to your normal, daily routine.

To learn more about shockwave therapy and how it can treat your pain, call either one of our locations in Bay Harbor Islands or Hallandale Beach, Florida, or request your appointment online today. You can also send our team a message if you have questions or concerns by clicking here.


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