Living with chronic pain can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Chronic pain can limit your mobility, prevent you from doing the things you love, make you tired and irritable, and negatively impact your interpersonal relationship. Unfortunately, traditional pain management with medications is not an effective long-term solution for pain. But you should know you have another option to manage your chronic pain. At The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis, IN we offer Shockwave Therapy, a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment.
How Long Does It Take for Shockwave Therapy to Work?
As a manual treatment, it may take some time for the results of Shockwave Therapy to become apparent. While some patients report feeling immediate pain relief following treatment, others may require several weeks to experience any significant pain-relieving results.
Explaining Result Expectations
Why are there such stark differences? There are a few reasons why some patients may feel results quicker than others, such as the area that is being treated, the degree of pain being felt, the age of the patient, and how sensitive the patient’s pain receptor nerves are. With this treatment, pain neurotransmitters are disrupted and pain nerves are hyperstimulated, which essentially numbs the nerves to communicating pain sensation. The two stages of results most patients experience include:
The initial results for many patients is a numbing sensation in the area that was treated. Your initial results are typically a temporary response to the treatment, meaning your pain will be dulled but it will not be fixed for several more weeks. Your initial results will take the edge off the worst of your pain.
The results of this treatment will continue to improve over the course of several weeks. About 8 to 12 weeks after treatment, you can expect to experience the greatest degree of results, namely freedom from chronic pain that interferes with your mobility and your overall wellbeing in your daily life.
Why Do Results Take Time to Show Up?
Results may take time to show up simply because the results of treatment are gradual. This treatment uses sound waves to disrupt the transmission of pain neurotransmitters through the body, which means the acoustic energy is working on a molecular level to rearrange and correct how your body interprets pain. To do this, it will require several weeks to reach the full potential of the treatment.
Depending on the severity of your pain and the number of areas that are being treated, it may take less time for results to become apparent; by the same token, if you have greater chronic pain, you may require a second treatment after 16 weeks to reach optimal results. For some patients, it may require a year of treatment, generally 3 to 6 treatments, to experience optimal results.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results for this treatment are long-lasting, capable of producing results for months at a time, or even upward of a year. The length of time your results last is determined by that the therapy treats and your body’s natural response to treatment.
For patients who are being treated primarily for pain, the results will be determined by how your body responds to hyperstimulation, or the numbing of nerve receptors. Each patient has a slightly different response to hyperstimulation, meaning that the results for one patient may not be the same for another even if they are both being treated for the same thing.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
Whether you need one treatment or more than three, the number of treatments you require to reach optimal results depends both on the issue being treated and the severity of the issue. As a point of note, this treatment is incredibly diverse and can be used to treat many health issues in addition to chronic pain, including scar tissue, cellulite, bursitis, and erectile dysfunction. The number of treatments you can expect can generally be separated into a few categories.
For Pain and Injury
For pain, it’s typical to require one to two treatments for optimal pain-free results. Your treatments may be annual to maintain results, or scheduled once or twice throughout the year. We will help you determine how often you should have treatment for pain management. For injury, such as stress fractures, one treatment may be enough to achieve results.
For rejuvenation, such as smoothing the appearance of cellulite, it’s common for one treatment to be powerful enough to produce desired results for a significant length of time. If you are interested in using this treatment for cosmetic purposes, please discuss it in depth with us at your consultation.
For Erectile Dysfunction
This treatment is also used for erectile dysfunction, which can take between three and six treatment sessions to produce desired results. If you are seeking treatment for ED, please be prepared to answer all questions related to symptoms at your consultation.
Does This Treatment Help Everyone?
Yes. In fact, the majority of patients who use this treatment have enjoyed results. In clinical studies, about 91% of patients reported successful results, including a decrease in chronic pain, increase in mobility, and other health improvements. Roughly 80% of all patients report satisfaction with the results of this treatment.
Is This Treatment Safe for Everyone?
Yes. This therapy is approved by the FDA for the treatment of pain and other health concerns, such as stress fractures, cellulite, and erectile dysfunction. Treatments approved by the FDA have to pass rigorous clinical trials and withstand clinical scrutiny before being allowed to enter the public market for use.
What Are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?
There are several benefits for this treatment that are attractive to patients, such as the high rates of success and satisfaction from clinical trials and the overall improvement for daily living and mobility. Other benefits for this treatment include:
Non-Invasive and Non-Surgical
This is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment, which means it does not require any invasion of the body tissue or any use of anesthetic for treatment. As a manual treatment, all aspects of treatment are done by manipulating the tissues of the body by directing acoustic energy to targeted treatment locations.
Because this is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment, there is no downtime associated with this treatment. All patients are free to return to their normal daily activities following treatment with very few restrictions, including work and errands. Patients are also allowed to drive themselves home after this treatment.
Treats Multiple Issues
In addition to treating knee, heal, hand, neck, back, shoulder, hip, and wrist pain, this therapy is capable of treating a wide range of health and pain concerns, including:
- Achilles tendonitis and shoulder tendonitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain (myofascial pain syndrome)
- Heel pain/heel spur (Plantar fasciitis)
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow (radial/ulnar humeral epicondylitis)
- Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Muscle tension caused by painful muscular nodules (Trigger points)
- Shoulder calcification
- Achilles tendon pain (achillodynia)
- Shin pain (Tibial stress syndrome)
- Hip joint pressure pain (greater trochanter pain)
- Bursitis (most joints)
- Stress fractures
- Mortons neuroma
- Scar tissue
- Hallux rigidus
- Lymphatic drainage
- Peyronie’s disease
- Erectile Dysfunction
Stimulates Blood Flow
Reduced blood flow is sometimes the cause of health concerns, specifically weakened muscles and tissues, including those associated with poor collagen production and erectile dysfunction. The acoustic energy used in this treatment stimulates a greater flow of blood to areas of the body that benefit from enhancing the body’s natural regenerative abilities.
Reverses Chronic Inflammation
The cause of chronic pain is often chronic inflammation. Inflammation in the body is generally caused by injuries or abnormalities that the body is trying to heal; however, this inflammation does more harm than good and prolongs injuries or pain. This therapy releases cells from inflammation, allowing the body to fully heal and recover.
Dissolves Calcium Build-Up
Calcium build-up in the body, especially in joints, can limit mobility and range of motion. For example, calcium build-up in the rotator cuff in the shoulder can create a frozen shoulder, which is when the shoulder is rendered incapable of a full range of movement. Calcium build-up in other joints is also a cause for stiff or limited movement.
Release Trigger Points
Trigger points are the cause of a lot of pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. You can think of the trigger point as being pent-up sources of tension in the body that create muscle stiffness around the spine. This treatment works as a targeted massage to release trigger points, which will release all tensions associated with back pain.
Interrupts Pain Neurotransmitter
Finally, this treatment interrupts the communication of the body’s main pain neurotransmitter, preventing it from sending messages to nerve receptors in the brain. Some neuropeptides and neurotransmitters are associated with chronic pain, so this treatment blocks the majority of communication so your body will no longer send false pain messages.
What Can You Expect Before, During, and After Treatment?
Before your treatment can begin, you will need to attend a comprehensive consultation appointment where we can discuss your symptoms to assess if your health or pain concerns are compatible with this treatment. This consultation may include an examination of the area being treated, along with a discussion about how long you have been experiencing symptoms and what your expectations for treatment might be.
Treatment Step One: Locate Area
The first step of your treatment is to locate the area being treated by manually palpitating the area. This step ensures that the exact area that needs to be treated is getting the attention it needs, and may also help us locate additional areas to help with your pain management.
Treatment Step Two: Apply Gel
We will apply a gel to the surface of your skin to help the acoustic waves travel more easily through the body tissues.
Treatment Step Three: Initiate Shockwave Device
The shockwave device used for this treatment is a hand-held tool that generates soundwave energy to send through the body. This portion of the treatment may take five to 15 minutes to complete depending on how many areas need to be treated. This treatment is painless.
Limitations During Recovery
There are very few limitations during your immediate recovery time, which will last for 24 to 72 hours after treatment. You are encouraged to abstain from using non-inflammatory medicine and are discouraged from strenuous exercise.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Patients who are experiencing chronic pain, mobility issues, or other health concerns that can be addressed by this treatment are all good candidates. We determine patient eligibility for treatment during the consultation. The majority of prospective patients are qualified for treatment.
Relieve Your Pain With Shockwave Therapy
You don’t have to live with chronic pain or rely on ineffective medications to manage your day-to-day pain. It’s time to relieve your pain and win back your mobility with Shockwave Therapy. Contact The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis, IN to schedule your initial appointment.