Neck and shoulder pain are common problems that affect many people at some stage in their lives. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is an effective way to treat some causes of neck and shoulder pain. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy can treat a variety of muscular-skeletal conditions by shocking the body into self-healing.

Neck and shoulder pain can occur from stiffness in the area, perhaps from sitting in the same position for too long, maybe at a computer. Tension is another major cause of pain in the neck and shoulder area, and those with heightened anxiety or stress may often find that this is the physical manifestation of their symptoms. A major cause of shoulder pain, however, is calcific tendonitis, a build-up of calcium in the rotator cuff which can cause extreme pain and is infamously difficult to cure.

How can ESWT be used to treat back and shoulder pain?

Which treatment you seek for shoulder and neck pain will depend on a number of factors, but largely it’s the root of the pain which will determine the pain relief route you take. Avoiding stress can help for those with tension build-up and simple painkillers can treat some neck and shoulder pain. In some cases, however, ESWT will be the most effective form of therapy for neck and shoulder pain. It can be used to relieve pain in this area by offering a non-invasive pain reduction method. During shoulder treatment, pressure waves deliver a mechanical force to the body’s tissues, possibly causing inflammation and encouraging the body to improve its blood circulation by self-healing.

How effective is ESWT at treating this condition?

ESWT has proven in studies to be highly effective in the treatment of calcific tendonitis, also known as shoulder rotator cuff pain. Although the reason for its effectiveness is unknown, it’s thought that it helps break down the calcification build-up, helping to improve function to the area.

Patients having ESWT will normally need to come in for one or two repeat treatments after seven and 14 days. Many patients with shoulder rotator cuff pain will find their symptoms are relieved quite quickly after the treatment.

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