For the past 2 years, I've been researching and studying modern applications in regenerative medicine and technology.
The idea of stimulating the body's own ability to heal, and regenerate, is fascinating and very much in line with my personal philosophy on health.
As a chiropractor, I have strong interest in musculoskeletal conditions and obviously most of our patients come to meet us because of them.
Successful treatment of joint pain, arthritis and degeneration, muscle injuries (strains, torn muscles), tendonitis, ligament damage or sprains all involve a combination of both passive and active treatments.
Active treatment consists of corrective and therapeutic exercise, posture awareness, biomechanical correction, strength training, etc. Basically this means you have to do the work to get the results.
Passive treatment consists of manual therapy and massage, dry needling and trigger point therapy, steroid or cortisone injections and pain medication. All passive treatments are obviously easier to get done, but not as effective as active therapies in the long run.
In this article, I want to share some exciting news about a passive therapy called Shock Wave Therapy (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy) that has many advantages including:
- It works.
- It's non-invasive (no risk of infection or needles required)
- No risk of tissue damage (like you get from steroid injections)
- FDA cleared and approved for multiple conditions
- Extensively backed by basic science and clinical science research