Shockwave therapy provides a safe and noninvasive treatment for low back pain, shoulder pain, and other musculoskeletal injuries. At Pittsburgh Spine and Injury Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, experienced chiropractor and rehabilitation specialist Robert Moore, DC, CICE, uses shockwave therapy to relieve pain and inflammation and break up scar tissue. The procedure is quick, pain-free, and requires no downtime. Call Pittsburgh Spine and Injury Center to request a shockwave therapy consultation today or book online.
Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive, outpatient procedure that takes less than 20 minutes.
During treatment, Dr. Moore runs a handheld device over a specific part of your body, like a swollen joint or a group of stiff muscles. The device emits high-frequency shock waves that penetrate your skin, making contact with the damaged tissues.
The shockwaves increase blood flow to the site of the injury and promote new tissue growth, encouraging your body’s healing process.
At Pittsburgh Spine and Injury Center, Dr. Moore uses shockwave therapy to treat various musculoskeletal issues, including:
You might also benefit from shockwave therapy if you work a physically demanding job and experience a repetitive strain injury (RSI).
At the beginning of shockwave therapy, you change into a gown and lie down on an exam table. Next, Dr. Moore places the area of your body being treated, like your shoulder or knee, on top of a soft, water-filled pillow. The pillow acts as a conductor, ensuring the shockwaves target the treatment site.
Once you’re in position, Dr. Moore carefully runs a wandlike device over the area. The device emits high-frequency shockwaves that penetrate your skin, triggering your body’s healing process.
It’s normal to hear popping or clicking sounds during treatment. If you have sensitive skin or a low pain tolerance, let Dr. Moore know. He can administer a local anesthetic before treatment, ensuring your comfort.
After shockwave therapy, you can return to work and other routine activities right away. During the first 24-48 hours, it’s normal to experience mild soreness and redness. Some people even develop minor bruises.
Follow Dr. Moore’s recovery instructions, stay hydrated, and avoid strenuous activities for at least a day. About a week after your first session, you return to Pittsburgh Spine and Injury Center for a followup visit.
The number of shockwave therapy treatments that you need depends on your injury and the severity of your symptoms. Most people benefit from a series of at least three treatment sessions spaced a week apart. If your symptoms continue or worsen, additional treatments might be necessary.*
Call Pittsburgh Spine and Injury Center to request a shockwave therapy consultation today or book online.
*Individual results may vary.