Sports Medicine and Shockwave Therapy: A Noninvasive Way to Generate Tissue Healing

Sports medicine practitioners and patients are increasingly embracing shockwave therapy as a noninvasive way to promote healing from deep within the tissue. This cutting-edge therapy can be used to treat a number of sports and non-sports injuries and conditions. Dr. Trent Artichoker is proud to bring this innovative, FDA-approved treatment option to Denver-area patients seeking healing, improved mobility, and pain relief.

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

This can be a very important therapy for anyone dealing with pain or injuries within the musculoskeletal system. Shockwave treatments are commonly used to treat conditions impacting the muscles, tendons, and fascia. During the procedure, pulsating shock waves are delivered to the treatment area in a targeted, guided way to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Practitioners are commonly using this therapy for:

  • Achilles.
  • Hamstring.
  • Patella (patellar knee jaw).
  • Shoulder (calcified shoulder tendonitis).
  • Elbow (tennis elbow).
  • Plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis).

Of course, shockwave treatments can be integrated into your specific rehabilitation needs based on the source and nature of your injury. One of the biggest benefits of using shockwave stimulation for tissue healing is that this is considered a very safe, effective, and well-tolerated treatment. In fact, researchers have recommended that shockwave treatment be used as a “first choice” due to its safety and effectiveness. In a 2018 study using control groups to judge the efficacy of shockwave treatments for elbow tendinopathy, researchers observed significant improvements in pain, functional impairment and quality of life. The benefits had actually increased four weeks following the treatments.

What to Expect During Shockwave Treatments

Each shockwave treatment at our chiropractic office takes just 10 to 15 minutes. Once you’re comfortable, a coupling gel is applied to the area of your injury to help the shockwaves access your tissue more effectively. Next, a shockwave applicator will be placed over your injury point to deliver shockwaves directly to the affected area. While this is generally considered to be a very painless process, we will monitor your comfort levels during administration of the shockwaves. Patients are able to get up to leave the office to conduct life as normal immediately following shockwave treatments. Before leaving, you’ll be advised to avoid any intense or potentially aggravating activities for a period of time following your visit. All patients receive detailed briefings both before and after treatment to ensure the best results.

Book an Appointment for Shockwave Treatments With Denver’s Dr. Trent Artichoker

Shockwave treatment can be easily integrated into a sports recovery plan if you’re healing from an injury or strain. When you visit us at Denver Chiropractic, we’ll conduct a full assessment to see if you’re a good candidate for shockwave treatments based on your injury, medical history, and rehabilitation goals. Dr. Trent Artichoker and the rest of our team will be happy to answer all of your questions about this innovative, FDA-approved treatment that offers a noninvasive way to generate healing. For more information about shockwave therapy, *contact Denver Chiropractic* or *book your appointment*.