In professional sports organizations and athletic programs of all levels, keeping in-season athletes in top form is of utmost importance. An athlete’s ability to train with intensity and perform optimally in fiercely competitive environments is imperative. The challenges of back-to-back competitions allow for little recovery time in between and can take their toll on even the most dedicated athletes.
Sports related injuries, including muscle strains, tendinopathies, bone injuries and more, can sideline in-season athletes. Keeping those recovery times to a minimum is a top priority.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) energetically triggers a cascade of biological effects at cellular, tissue, and organ levels. Treatment with shockwaves facilitates regeneration and awakens the body’s system for healing. Benefits include:
There are two types of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT):
Both forms of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) are acclaimed among today’s most innovative medical technologies as they revolutionize treatment possibilities. Shockwave is evidence-based, accelerates healing, treats the root cause of pain, and dramatically accelerates recovery time which is especially advantageous in treating athletes.
Explore the recent study “Utilizing Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for in-Season Athletes” by Adam S Tenforde MD et al., published in Healthcare. As the study points out, shockwave therapy has proven effective in treating numerous common athletic injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, medial tibial stress syndrome, proximal hamstring tendinopathy, and more.
With a favorable safety profile and accelerated return to play, recent studies suggest the feasibility of encouraging the utilization of ESWT in the care of in-season athletes.
While corticosteroids offer rapid relief, they come with a plethora of potential complications, including increased risk of infection, atrophy, pain, rupture of tendon or tissue, bleeding, and so on. On the flip side, ESWT allows athletes to stay active as tolerated (as dictated by the injury and the patient). Most athletes can continue with training sessions while undergoing ESWT treatments. ESWT is well tolerated by elite athletes and weekend warriors alike.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is commonly utilized in sports medicine settings and can stimulate healing and reduce pain without toxicity within the body. Despite the positives, studies reveal that weight-bearing limitations and reduced activity may be necessary post-treatment, and restrictions may last from 7 days to 6 weeks. Again, ESWT allows for a more rapid return to sport and ongoing training with little to no restriction.
The upside of shockwave therapy in athletics is clear and well-documented.
ESWT is heralded as a game-changing, innovative technology that allows athletes to stay in the game and get off the sidelines. Athletes are born to move, and cutting the return to sports timeline is priceless. Shockwave is favored for in-season athletes following a load management protocol for facilitated healing and a supportive pathway to more advanced procedures in the off-season (PRP and surgery).
By fostering accelerated recovery from athletic injury, ESWT protects the athlete’s health and club resources.
In addition to treating in-season athletes optimally, ESWT is equally valuable in treating armchair quarterbacks, weekend warriors, and athletes at all levels.
Here at Regenerative Medicine of Iowa, PC we’ve expanded our treatment options to include ESWT in an effort to help our patients get better faster.
Discover all you can about ESWT and other regenerative solutions by contacting us today!