Shockwave therapy in Denver can be used to treat chronic tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis, among other conditions. These conditions mainly affect athletes but can also affect everyday people, especially those who lead active lifestyles and overexert their muscles. You may experience pain and discomfort when these injuries happen. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) can help.

What is Shockwave Therapy and How Does it Work? 

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment used for several conditions. Despite its popularity in treating musculoskeletal injuries, it began as a treatment for kidney stones and gallstones (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy or ESWL). It has been a preferred treatment for these conditions for over twenty years.

Additionally, shockwave therapy in Denver has been used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, including tennis elbow and bony nonunion. Since their introduction, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved extracorporeal shockwave therapy machine devices to treat lateral epicondylitis and plantar fasciitis. You can purchase “shockwave” therapy devices for as little as $200 online. However, you get what you pay for. High-quality, medical-grade, professional devices begin at $30,000 and can cost as much as $100,000. Medical-grade shockwave therapy devices help patients avoid potentially surgical procedures and steroid injections.

What Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

Patients throughout Arvada, Denver, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, are searching out shockwave therapy for many different reasons. But what exactly is shockwave therapy, and what can it treat? Here are three common conditions this innovative therapy can help with.

1. Plantar Fasciitis: Imagine waking up to stabbing pain in your heel every morning. That’s a reality for many people in Denver who suffer from plantar fasciitis, a very common foot condition. Shockwave therapy offers painless treatment and a real possibility for relief. This therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing process by delivering high-energy shockwaves to the inflamed Plantar Fascia ligament, reducing inflammation and stimulating healing. Our Denver patients have found lasting relief from their heel pain. We also encourage our patients to use simple, inexpensive orthotics to provide additional support for their feet.

2. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Tennis elbow can be a persistent and painful problem for avid tennis players or anyone who performs repetitive arm movements. However, shockwave therapy is a painless and effective solution. By targeting the inflamed tissues with shockwaves, we can increase blood flow, accelerate tissue repair, relieve pain, and improve function. Shockwave therapy in Denver allows people with tennis elbow to return to their favorite activities with less pain and discomfort.

3. Patellar Tendonitis: Patellar tendinitis occurs when the tendon connecting the patella (kneecap) to the shinbone becomes inflamed. The patellar tendon is very important as it enables the muscles in the thigh (Quadriceps) to the shin bone, allowing us to extend our knee. Patellar tendinitis, called jumper’s knee, is common in many athletes, especially in basketball and volleyball. When this condition occurs in children, it can result in Osgood–Schlatter disease. This constant pressure can result in a painful bump below the knee that worsens with activity and is relieved with rest and ice. 

How Does Shockwave Therapy in Denver Work?

Shockwave therapy accelerates the body’s normal healing process. It speeds up the recovery of injured joints and tissue while diminishing pain and discomfort. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy works in one of two ways: through “focused” shockwaves or “radial” pressure waves. A medical provider will administer the treatment; lasting benefits can require several visits.

The focused shockwave method uses a very focused impulse to target affected areas. There is no need for anesthesia since the shockwave used is low energy. The patient lays down with the affected area exposed. The doctor applies a special gel to the affected area, which helps deliver the impulses deeper into the skin.

The ESTW device applies shockwaves to the treatment area through rapid “pulses’. Treatments typically last between 5 and 15 minutes and can be used in many areas. While this treatment can be uncomfortable for some patients, most notice only light pressure and no pain.

The first ESWT device to hit the market was the electro-hydraulic device, followed by the piezo-electric device and several electro-magnetic machines. These devices have the same outcome: releasing focused pressure pulses to injured joints and tissue. The main differences between these devices are the focus zones and sound fields. Despite these differences, each of these devices generates shockwaves to promote healing. However, the pressure and shock waves vary in energy and focus.

Studies still need to be completed on the effectiveness of shockwave therapy and are currently ongoing. Regardless, the results of shockwave therapy may take some time. 

Shockwave Therapy Combined with Other Treatments Provides the Best Results

Shockwave therapy research has shown that treatment has been performed effectively on several patients. Additionally, there is strong evidence of its success in treating Achilles tendinopathy and relieving the symptoms. Shockwave therapy has expanded its treatment areas over the years. While research is ongoing, medical professionals hope shockwave therapies can help treat neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and the effects of stroke.  Most patients will experience significant improvement in their conditions with three weeks of consistent treatment. Of course, our doctors will determine your treatment plan based on your specific needs.

While the FDA has approved shockwave therapy for several conditions, some insurance have yet to incorporate this treatment into their plans. Many Denver physical medicine clinics charge up to $250 per treatment. Integrative Health and Rehabilitation works with most insurance companies and offers discounted prices to patients without insurance or with high deductibles. In many cases, these discounts can be up to 50% off!

Shockwave therapy in Denver is safe for most people. Still, some individuals face side effects, either from improper therapy treatment or otherwise. The most common adverse side effects are:

  • Discomfort or pain during therapy treatment
  • Post-treatment pain
  • Red skin
  • Swelling 
  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Increased sensitivity (hyperesthesia)
  • Nerve pain (neuralgia)
  • Burning sensation (paresthesia)
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Joint disorder 
  • Damage to blood vessels

Due to the nature of the treatment, the U.S. FDA also restricts shockwave therapy in some instances. Shockwave therapy in Denver should not be used on or near:  

  • Malignant tumors
  • An unborn child
  • Lung tissue
  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Epiphyseal plate
  • Infection
  • Prosthetic devices

Integrative Health and Rehab providers have extensive experience with shockwave therapy. They have successfully combined it with other therapies, such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, dry needling, and other PT modalities, such as electric muscle stimulation and ultrasound.

Shockwave Therapy in Denver Can Provide Relief Today!

Looking for a Denver Chiropractor? Ready to use shockwave Therapy to start feeling better? Book an appointment online or call (303) 424-7171.  Want to hear from some of our happy, pain-free patients? Check out some of our 5-Star reviews. Our office is conveniently located for patients in Arvada, Denver, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado