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Shoulder Issues are a Real Bummer

We Get Great Results with Shockwave Treatment!

Man with shoulder painShoulder issues can be painful and debilitating. The shoulder joint is a complex joint, so when there is pain, it’s not always straight-forward. There are many conditions that can arise in the shoulder.

We see people with shoulder tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), shoulder arthritis, shoulder injuries due to sports, and many more.

Shoulder tendonitis can involve different tendons and muscles of the shoulder girdle. Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons. It is usually painful upon motion and upon touch. These conditions can be due to overuse, repetitive use or repetitive work injuries, or sometimes a recent injury or event that stressed the shoulder tendons and joint.

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles in the shoulder joint that connect the upper arm bone to the shoulder blade and collar bone. This injury can occur when the tendons become inflamed or frayed from friction or degeneration. Trauma can also cause issues: for example, breaking a fall with an outstretched arm. Also, improper form when lifting or pulling heavy objects.

Frozen Shoulder is a result of the capsule that wraps around the joint growing thick and restricting shoulder movement or proper motion. It is a condition that occurs gradually over time. Range of motion is lost and pain is experienced with any type of movement of the shoulder.

Arthritis, or degenerative arthritis in the shoulder is a wear and tear condition that takes place over time. Often, we see this in people that have had some sort of past trauma to the joint, or someone that has had excessive, repetitive use of the joint. There may be calcification or bone spurs present as well. Usually the pain is stiffness or more dull and achy, and is worse in the mornings for some.

One of the successful treatments that we use for a multitude of shoulder injuries, including the ones previously mentioned, is Shockwave Therapy, also known as ESWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy), or EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Therapy).

Shockwave uses high energy acoustic waves to accelerate healing. And don’t worry, it does NOT shock you!

It heals by stimulating metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissues. It stimulates your body’s natural healing agents: red blood cells and new vascularization, growth factors, and mobilizes stem cells.

Shockwave is also non-invasive. So, it does not require needles or anesthesia. In fact, the procedure itself has an analgesic effect. So it can help with the pain while the healing takes place. There is also no scarring, no risk of infection, and no side effects! You can continue your normal daily activities after treatment, so no down time, and a treatment with Shockwave therapy takes only about 10 minutes.

Also, Shockwave is a great option for athletes or workers that need to continue their training or need to continue the same activities as before the injury.

Another cool fact about Shockwave is that many NFL and NBA teams treat their players with Shockwave Therapy for rotator cuff and other shoulder issues, as well as other types of injuries so that they can obtain a faster recovery to get back in the game.

Whether you are a high performing athlete or you have a desk job, or a job that’s highly physical, you could be a candidate for Shockwave Therapy. Whether you have seen other providers and have been diagnosed, or you have never sought help for your pain, we can help figure it out and get you healthy again!

Katherine Gress, DC, FICPA

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