Did you know that acoustic waves have the power to transform your body? FDA-approved acoustic wave therapy offers a non-invasive, pain-free way to treat many health conditions, including chronic pain.
If you’ve struggled with chronic pain that traditional therapies haven’t resolved, Aleksander Bodnar, MD, and our team at Viva Health Group in Linden and Clifton, New Jersey, can help. We offer the latest in medical technology, including innovative acoustic wave therapy. Here’s what you need to know.
What is acoustic wave therapy?
Acoustic wave therapy, sometimes referred to as shock wave therapy, uses low-intensity acoustic waves (pulsed extracorporeal waves) to increase blood flow to damage tissues in your body and to promote regeneration by stimulating the production of collagen.
Like an ultrasound, acoustic wave therapy is noninvasive and pain-free. A wand-like device sends acoustic waves through your body to improve blood flow and the remodeling of soft tissues.
When your treatment is complete, you’re free to return to your normal activities immediately.
This office-based procedure takes about 30 minutes and can treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Orthopedic pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle pain
- Pain the back, shoulder, or neck
- Tennis elbow
- Wrist and hand pain
- Sports injuries
Acoustic wave therapy is also widely used to treat sexual dysfunction in both men and women, and we can use it to improve the appearance of cellulite and reduce fat.
How does acoustic wave therapy help chronic pain?
Acoustic wave therapy helps ease chronic pain by addressing the underlying trigger of your discomfort. Instead of temporarily masking the symptom, acoustic wave therapy improves the health and function of your tissues, alleviating your pain for the long term.
Acoustic wave therapy provides an anti-inflammatory effect, helping reduce swelling and the associated pain. It also works to break down calcium buildup, which can inhibit function of your soft tissues and exacerbate your pain.
That’s not all: Acoustic wave therapy helps release trigger points, nodules in your muscles that can irritate your nerves when they contract. And the therapy can lower the concentration of a neurotransmitter (Substance P) that’s associated with chronic pain.
Am I a candidate for acoustic wave therapy?
At Viva Health Group, we work with you, evaluating your symptoms, medical history, and health concerns before creating a customized treatment plan. Most healthy patients can safely undergo acoustic wave therapy, and Dr. Bodnar may recommend additional therapies for the best results.
To learn more about managing chronic pain and the benefits of acoustic wave therapy, call the Viva Health Group office nearest you or request an appointment online now.