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Shock Wave Therapy

Shock Wave Therapy | Largo / Clearwater, Florida

Coastal Chiropractic’s Pinellas County area clinic uses many modern, state-of-the-art treatments to help their patients. One of our more remarkable treatment options is known as radial pressure technology, or “shockwavetherapy.

Similar to a device that breaks up kidney stones, this device uses sound waves by placing a sound head over areas of injured tissue. This produces a mild trauma, that in turn stimulates healing, increased circulation and promotion of stem cell production for long-term healing.

Performed approximately once per week, this amazing device effectively treats:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Tendon problems such as tennis elbow, hip, TMJ and wrist & foot problems

Shockwave therapy is even used around the neck and low back, typically performed once per week for about 8 sessions.

How Exactly Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

RPW shockwave therapy sends high-energy radial pressure waves (RPWs) to the site of chronic pain. These acoustic waves increase blood flow, stimulate muscle repair and regeneration, and increase metabolization at the cellular level.

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The majority of patients who use this treatment have experienced significant relief from painful conditions. In clinical studies, about 91% of patients have reported successful results, including a decrease in chronic pain, increase in mobility, and other substantial health improvements.


A study:

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy: a review

Bryan Chung 1J Preston Wiley

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Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) has been in use for the treatment of tendinopathies since the early 1990s. The exact mechanism by which ESWT relieves tendon-associated pain is not known; however, there is an increasing body of literature that suggests that it can be an effective therapy for patients who have had repeated nonsurgical treatment failures.

The highest strength of evidence is shown in randomised controlled trials, of which there are a small number. Reported results for tendinopathies of the shoulder, elbow and heel have shown consistent positive results in favour of ESWT over placebo ESWT in individuals who have failed conservative therapy. These studies provide strong evidence for ESWT as an effective therapy for the treatment of chronic treatment-resistant tendinopathies.

There is still much debate over several issues surrounding ESWT that have not been adequately addressed by the literature: high- versus low-energy ESWT, shockwave dosage and number of sessions required for a therapeutic effect. Further research is needed to ascertain the most beneficial protocol for patient care.