Shock Wave Therapy

Carolina Spine Specialists in Chapel Hill NC uses Shockwave Therapy as a part of a whole-patient approach to improving patient health and wellbeing. Officially called low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (Li-ESWT), the procedure is more commonly known as shockwave therapy.

Shockwave Therapy in Chapel Hill NC

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    Shockwave Therapy Treatment can be personalized to treat a variety of different conditions.


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Conditions Treated By Shockwave therapy

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Achilles

  • Rotator Cuff

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Jumper's Knee

  • Calcific Tendinitis Of The Shoulder

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For the best shockwave therapy in Chapel Hill, contact the team at Carolina Spine Specialists. Our team is more than happy to help you understand and enjoy the benefits of shockwave therapy.

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Shock Wave Therapy - PiezoWave(TM)
The energy waves stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms through microtrauma to the area.
It triggers your own regenerative cells to come to the area and heal the tissue.
It enhances vascularization and nerve regeneration as well.

Chiropractic Chapel Hill NC Shockwave Therapy
  • What is MyACT?

    Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT) is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons, and joints. MyACT describes the use of acoustic waves to target tissue at varying depths to compress and manipulate tissue resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage. The results of the mechanical stimulus delivered by MyAct can lead to increased circulation and pain relief which are key components of the healing process.

    The Piezowave2 therapy was developed by Richard Wolf, the leader in Lithotripsy therapy. While standard Lithotripsy is used to shatter large kidney stones into fragments small enough for the patient to pass with minimal discomfort, the Piezowave therapy is used to address many common soft tissue issues.

  • How Does Piezowave2 Therapy Work?

    The Piezowave2 machine delivers thousands of high-energy sound wave impulse to the affected tissue. These impulses are thought to cause micro trauma to scar tissue and arthritic areas. As a result, it stimulates the body’s natural metabolic activity, creates a healthy inflammatory response, and stimulates healing.

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Frequently Asked Questions About MyACT (Shock Wave)

The mechanical energy that myofascial acoustic compression therapy provides encourages and stimulates fibroblasts and growth factors to promote healing and increase cell metabolism and local blood flow to the affected area. PiezoWave Pain deeply penetrates tissue for healing that can’t be achieved through manual adjustments.

During every session, 1000 to 2000 pulse waves will be delivered to an area being treated lasting about ten minutes. You will see maximum benefits with five to six treatments per area with three to five days to allow for proper recovery time. PiezoWave Pain Treatment is believed, and has clinically proven, to have the following effects: • Facilitate healing • Eliminate pain • Stimulate the “washing away” of Substance-P (a pain-producing chemical) • Increase the body’s collagen production • Increase microcirculation leading to enhanced tissue metabolism • Help dissolve calcific fibroblasts • Reduce muscle tension • Improved function and range of motion to the joint

Each session of PiezoWave Pain Treatment takes about five to ten minutes. During the session, our therapist or staff will deliver 2000 to 3000 pulse waves into the affected area being treated. The delivery of about 2000 pulse waves lasts approximately five to ten minutes.

Many conditions need three to five sessions. The treatments can be done five to 10 days apart depending on tissue response and patient tolerance. Worldwide reports show PiezoWave Pain Treatment has a very high success rate. At our clinic, our patients have reported positive results in line with these parameters and most get a positive benefit with just one treatment! We have been quite successful with this treatment and are excited to help more patients like you. For patients who don't respond positively to PiezoWave Pain Treatment, we consider other modes of therapy and treatment, and we will make proper referrals to the right specialists.

Depending on the patient's current level of pain and the area of treatment, the degree of discomfort varies significantly. The intensity of a treatment session also varies, and many patients can tolerate treatment well because the intensity varies depending on patient tolerance.

Many patients experience immediate pain relief after PiezoWave Pain Treatment. However, they may experience soreness in the area within two to four hours. According to different clinical reports, the soreness is usually very tolerable and can last a couple of hours to some days. DO NOT use ice on the area if you experience this soreness. One of the desired effects of PiezoWave Pain Treatment is an “inflammatory response.” Therefore, the use of anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, etc.) isn’t recommended. Many patients report great results with Tylenol. You may take medication as you see fit or based on your doctor’s recommendation and advice. The soreness will disappear within 4 to 24 hours without any intervention.

We always recommended that you refrain from any physical activity, especially those that would involve the treated area for 48 hours after every treatment.

Like ultrasound, PiezoWave Pain Treatment is a non-invasive procedure. However, the treatment can penetrate precise depths underneath your skin between 0.5 mm and 3 cm. This is much deeper than the standard ultrasound. Also, Piezowave treatment does not create tissue heating it creates mechanical pressure in your tissue which creates inflammation. PiezoWave Pain Treatment is useful in identifying trigger points that are discrete, focal and hyperirritable spots in the taut band of your muscle. Trigger points can generate pain, both locally and in the referred pain patterns, and may accompany chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Absolutely yes, there's no risk involved when using the PiezoWave Pain Treatment, and it's regarded a safe alternative to invasive procedures such as surgery and injections. The treatment is 100% non-invasive. Is It Safe If I Have A Medical Condition Such as Diabetes? Yes, with a few exceptions. If you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant, the treatment cannot be used. Furthermore, if you have an infection, blood clotting disorders, tumor tissue, or taking blood thinning medication, then PiezoWave Pain Treatment does not suit you.

PiezoWave Pain Treatment is unique in the sense that it does not generate heat unlike ultrasound therapy, a commonly used modality. Therefore, the treatment makes it suitable for post-surgical conditions. However, this therapy is not indicated with some conditions including:

  • Epiphyseal plate in the shockwave entry window/focus
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart or circulatory problems
  • Blood-thinning medications and blood clotting disorders
  • Infections
  • Tumor tissue
  • Lung tissue in the focal area
  • Treatment of the head or brain
  • 100% Safe
  • Patient Guided Focused Therapy
  • No Anesthesia
  • Non-Invasive
  • No Downtime
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Low Treatment Costs

What makes PiezoWave2 Pain Treatment unique is that it’s one of the very few modern technologies in the medical field that works well when an injury reaches a chronic, non-healing state. It helps restore strength and mobility to injured ligaments and muscles. We’re one of the only facilities in the Triangle that offers this revolutionary technology, and we’re dedicated to helping all patients get back to their healthy and happy lifestyles. PiezoWave2 Pain Treatments aren’t covered by insurance policies currently.



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