Shockwave therapy for arthritis
posted: May 12, 2022.
The science of extracorporeal shockwave therapy
Shockwave therapy uses acoustic (sound) waves to promote natural healing in the deep tissues of the joint and the structures surrounding it. These waves promote healing and reduce painful symptoms by:
- Triggering new blood vessel formation for better circulation
- Reducing inflammation in and around the joint
- Promoting collagen to rebuild damaged tissues
- Dispersing natural chemical painkilling agents
Shockwave therapy can be used alone or in combination with other arthritis treatments, like pain medication and physical therapy.
Multiple studies have shown the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in treating arthritis and managing its symptoms.
A recent meta-analysis reviewed the findings of 32 clinical trials and found that patients who received shockwave therapy demonstrated “significant improvement” in pain reduction and mobility compared with other treatments, like corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid injections.
Shockwave therapy treatment
Shockwave therapy typically takes less than a half-hour. During your treatment, you lie down or sit in a reclining position and simply relax. Your provider positions the applicator over the arthritic joint, enabling the waves of energy to penetrate and trigger natural healing responses.
Each wave of acoustic energy creates tiny areas of controlled trauma, stimulating circulation, reducing inflammation, and promoting collagen development and tissue repair.
BTL therapy is performed on an outpatient basis, and there’s no downtime. Plus, treatments can be repeated as needed to provide ongoing relief for painful symptoms.
Find relief for your arthritis pain
There’s no cure for arthritis, but shockwave therapy offers a safe, noninvasive option for managing your symptoms without relying on ever-increasing doses of pain medicine.