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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy
“My wrist was killing me on longer drives. It had even gotten to where it bothered me during writing and typing at work. I came to Progressive Mobility and they explained what ShockWave treatment was and I was willing to try anything. I had a long drive to Florida coming up and just knew that my wrist would bother me the whole way. Jenn completed an assessment and we decided I was a really good candidate for it. Needless to say I was shocked at how quickly I felt better! I had no pain on the long drive there or back!” ~RWC


Shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive treatment option that uses high-energy sound waves to target areas of the body affected by various musculoskeletal conditions. This innovative approach is particularly effective in treating issues involving connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. The procedure involves the application of a gel to the targeted area, which helps transmit the shockwaves. These shockwaves are then emitted in pulses from a specialized device, which stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. The therapy offers a wonderful alternative to more invasive treatments, providing relief without the need for surgery or prolonged use of pain medication.


Here are some of the main benefits of shockwave therapy:

1. Pain Reduction: Shockwave therapy is known to be effective in reducing pain caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and other chronic disorders. It works by stimulating nerve fibers to reduce pain signals.
2. Increased Healing: The therapy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues. It enhances circulation and the formation of new blood vessels, which can speed up healing.
3. Mobility Improvement: By reducing pain and enhancing healing, shockwave therapy can help restore mobility in affected areas, making it easier for patients to perform daily activities and engage in physical therapy.
4. Non-Invasive: As a non-invasive treatment, shockwave therapy does not require surgery or injections, reducing the risk of complications and the need for anesthesia.
5. No Need for Pain Medication: This therapy can reduce or eliminate the need for pain medication, thereby avoiding the potential side effects and dependency associated with long-term use of such drugs.
6. Quick Sessions: Each session of shockwave therapy is relatively quick, usually lasting between 5 and 10 minutes, and does not require hospitalization or downtime.
7. Cost-Effective: It can be a cost-effective option compared to surgery or long-term medication, particularly when considering its effectiveness.


We can create treatment packages that include a series of shockwave therapy sessions, combined with exercise. This enhances the overall treatment effectiveness and provides a comprehensive care plan.


Given its effectiveness in treating orthopedic injuries, shockwave therapy can be an integral part of rehabilitation programs offered by the clinic. Let me reiterate that point – this is PART of our rehab programs, not utilized without a full assessment and not outside of rehab.
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Jenn Wallace

Progressive Mobility

"We help active adults and athletes in the Spartanburg area get back to sports and activities that they love, while avoiding surgery, injections & medications"