ShockWave Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses a series of both high energy and low energy acoustic wave pulsations to an injury through a person's skin using a gel medium. Focused shock waves' ability to dissolve renal and gallstones led to the development of both the idea and the technology. Numerous scientific investigations have shown that the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in the treatment of chronic illnesses is effective. Shockwave therapy is a stand-alone treatment for persistent pain from a disease or injury. The therapy's goal is to start the body's natural healing process, so you don't need painkillers for significant improvement.
There are several conditions, sometimes known as contraindications, that make ShockWave dangerous or impossible, despite the fact that ShockWave is suited for a vast range of conditions both experimental and evidence-based with few side effects. These include pregnancy, blood clotting disorders, skin infections, and other contraindications. It is also impossible to use ShockWave treatment over areas of the body that are filled with air (such as the lungs). If any of these contraindications are present, your physician or therapist may recommend an alternative treatment, such as ultrasound therapy. Being up front and honest during your consultation will ensure your safety and comfort during your eventual procedure.
The most effective spacing between treatments for ShockWave Therapy is roughly one week. For the best outcomes, you should aim to receive 3 successive weeks of treatment, as most injuries require a minimum of 3 sessions. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) must be avoided for two weeks prior to your first session and during the course of your therapy to avoid interfering with the effectiveness of the treatment. If you have questions, talk to your doctor or therapist because there are different painkillers you can use. Make a plan for your attire; as the treatment region must be exposed, it may be required to wear loose-fitting clothing or the choice of shorts or a vest, for instance.
Following a treatment, you are free to depart right away. Regular pain relievers like paracetamol are acceptable to take if discomfort persists, but avoid NSAIDs like ibuprofen since they may interfere with the effectiveness of the drug. Ice therapy for pain or discomfort relief should also be avoided because it may also impair the effectiveness of the treatment. Following treatment, you will be able to drive and carry on with your regular daily activities, including work and mild exercise. It is typically recommended to avoid vigorous or high impact exercise for 48 hours following a treatment. You may then return to your regular activities and exercise program.
Since SWT is one of a number of therapies offered by chiropractors, chiropodists, and physiotherapists, it is typically covered by insurance providers. IMPACT Chiropractic offers this therapy. Consider receiving SWT treatment if your chronic pain conditions are negatively affecting your life. ShockWave Therapy is not covered by OHIP or other governmental health insurance plans. If you wish to know whether or not SWT is covered by your insurance plan, you should inquire with your insurance provider.
While it is our goal to provide effective care to as many people as possible, there are still some insurance plans that do not include coverage for SWT therapy. In these cases, as well as cases where the patient has no insurance, they will have to pay out-of-pocket. Since SWT typically requires a number of successive treatment sessions, the costs can build up. It is important that all patients are up front and honest during their consultation to ensure that our therapists and other staff can give you an accurate estimate of your costs.