How does shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave therapy is an in-office procedure that focuses low intensity pulses (waves) at the soft tissues to treat injured tendons, scar tissue formation, ligament and cartilage damage, and tight- stiff joints and muscle tissue. Shockwave treatments are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, and the course of therapy usually requires a trial of 3 sessions and up to 6-12 office visits. Shockwave therapy treatments create stresses to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, lymph, and blood vessels) and bone that promote physiological processes meant to regenerate blood vessels and improve circulation – a process known as neovascularization. Increased circulation (blood and oxygen) allows for the natural exchange of blood flow with new cell formation.
What to expect at your visit.
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is the only Los Angeles practitioner with 3 different (Piezo-wave, Storz, Zimmer) pulse wave machines using this technology. Some machines are better than others because of the hand held applicator sizes and choices it provides me and my patients to deliver the shock wave. I can better target the areas that bother you. Prior to commencing treatment, an ultrasound gel is applied to the treatment area. During treatment, shockwaves will be directed to various areas around the target site of pain or dysfunction as well as near-by fascial connections. While patients may experience a slight tingling, they should not be uncomfortable or experience pain. Typically, the entire treatment session will last about 25-30 minutes. Understanding your chief complaint and performing a proper history and examination helps determine the number of recommended treatments you would need. This number may be adjusted based on results. Because this is a non-invasive procedure, patients will not require anesthesia. You may return to normal activities such as going right back to work, to the gym, walking, etc. right after a pulse wave treatment.
Is shockwave therapy right for me?
Pulse wave (Shockwave) therapy is one of the best treatment options used for treating tendons, decreased blood flow, and fascia (scar tissue) dysfunction. A thorough assessment of the your overall health, past history related to sports injuries, car accidents, falls, diet, and lifestyle will be considered prior to treatment. Discussion will also cover treatment options that you have tried and what worked and did not work.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of pulse wave therapy (shockwave therapy), contact Dr. Jeffrey Tucker at 310-444-9393 to schedule a consultation. I am located in the west Los Angeles, Brentwood area.