Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy – A New Treatment for Faster Healing and Pain Relief

We are proud to announce the addition of shockwave therapy (also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, Acoustic Wave Therapy, Sound Wave Therapy, or ESWT) to our physical therapy treatment options.  As one of the only physical therapy clinics in Omaha to offer this new treatment, we look forward to introducing you to the benefit of sound waves as an advanced healing and pain management tool.  Over 80% of patients say they are pleased with the improvement in pain and mobility in just a short time.

Rehab Guru Physical Therapy in Omaha is one of the few clinics that offer Shockwave therapy in Nebraska. It is an ideal therapeutic modality to speed up recovery time and treat a variety of conditions that cause acute or chronic pain.

How does acoustic shockwave therapy work?

Acoustic waves used in shockwave therapy accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, providing an analgesic effect and restoration of mobility.

  • Formation of New Blood Vessels – As we apply acoustic waves, capillary micro-ruptures in tendons and bone aid your body in the repair of damaged tissue.
  • Healing of Chronic Inflammation – Mast cell activity may be increased resulting in the restoration of chronically inflamed areas.
  • Collagen Stimulation – Collagen production is a requirement for the repair of damaged muscle, bone, and ligaments. Shockwave therapy accelerates the production of collagen in your body.
  • The disintegration of Calcified Fibroblasts – Calcium build-up is frequently the result of micro-tears or other tendon trauma. Sound waves break up calcifications.
  • Diffusion of Pain Mediator “Substance P” – The pain mediator known as Substance P neuropeptide is associated with intense, persistent, and chronic pain.
  • Trigger Point Release – Trigger points cause pain in the back, neck, shoulder, and limbs. The acoustic waves we deliver unblock the calcium pump and reverse the metabolic crisis in the myofilaments.  The trigger points are released, aiding you in relief from myofascial pain syndrome.

What Conditions Does It Treat?

Acoustic Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat an array of musculoskeletal conditions. Any area where connective tissue attaches to bone is a good candidate for acoustic therapy. Common ailments that can be successfully treated are:Extracorporeal Shock Wave Infographic

  • Jumper’s Knee – Jumper’s knee is an inflammation or injury of the patellar tendon causing pain, tenderness, and loss of function.
  • Shoulder Pain – Shoulder pain can be caused by calcifications, impingement syndrome, or frozen shoulder.  It may feel like a dull, sharp, or severe pain.
  • Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow – Epicondylitis, often referred to as tennis elbow, is a painful condition of the tendon that with traditional treatment can take a long time to heal. With shockwave therapy, lengthy rest, painkillers and injections can often be avoided.  Shockwave therapy can provide prompt pain relief and full recovery with just 5 treatments or less.
  • Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis – Calcium deposits on the heel bone can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia resulting in plantar fasciitis. Both conditions can be painful and limit your mobility.
  • Achilles Tendinitis – Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone.  It is a condition that if not treated, can lead to tears or ruptures that may require surgical repair.
  • Insertional Pain – Repetitive activity places strain on tendons resulting in pain in the muscle insertions.
  • Chronic Tendinopathy – Repeated trauma can often result in chronic tendinitis.
  • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome – Medial tibial stress syndrome can happen due to activities that place stress through the tibialis anterior muscle. Fast walking, running or sports activities, especially kickboxing and martial arts can cause a flair of MTSS.
  • Calcifications – Calcifying tendinitis is a chronic pain disorder that causes calcifications in rotator cuff tendons causing pain and limited range of motion.
  • Hip Pain – As the cartilage wears down or is damaged, muscles and tendons of the hip can get overworked resulting in pain and further damage.
  • Post Mastectomy scar tissue release – The Shockwave helps to break up cording, scar tissue, muscle tightness, and pectoral pain following a mastectomy.

What are the benefits of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?

Shockwave therapy can:

  • Reduce your pain quickly
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for medication
  • Help avoid surgery
  • Accelerate healing
  • Provide relief for chronic conditions

If you are in Omaha and suffering pain from an injury or chronic pain condition and would like to see if you are a candidate for shockwave therapy, contact Omaha Rehab Guru Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment and find pain relief today.  We offer free initial consultations.