The effectiveness of shockwave therapy for lower back pain
Lower back pain, and in particular chronic lower back pain, can be a debilitating condition that not only causes a great deal of physical pain but also many additional, and equally unpleasant, side-effects. These range from mobility issues and disabilities, to depression and other psychological problems. It is also notoriously difficult to treat, and often requires surgical intervention or a harsh regimen of powerful drugs.
How does shockwave therapy treat back pain?
Shockwave therapy is a treatment used across multiple disciplines, including physiotherapy, orthopaedics, urology, sports medicine, and even veterinary medicine. It has many benefits, the main ones being the fast and effective treatment of pain. Shockwave therapy offers pain relief and can assist in restoring mobility. In addition to this, shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment therapy that does not require painkillers. This is particularly useful for patients suffering from chronic pain who might otherwise be forced to take opioids, which can be highly addictive and cause problems of their own.
Research has shown that shockwave therapy is particularly effective in treating lower back pain. A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science in 2015 examined the various effects of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in patients suffering from pain, disabilities and depression due to chronic lower back pain.
The study included thirty patients with chronic lower back pain, who were separated into two groups, one using extracorporeal shockwave therapy, and one using conservative physiotherapy.
The results were extremely encouraging. While there were significant indications of decreases in pain levels in both groups, the rate of success in the group being treated with shockwave therapy was significantly higher than the group being treated with physiotherapy.
The conclusion of the study was that shockwave therapy can be used as a very effective intervention in the treatment of not only lower back pain, but also the associated disabilities and depression that can result from a chronic case of lower back pain.
With the science firmly backing the effectiveness of this treatment, as well as the non-invasive nature of shockwave therapy, there are a great many very good reasons to seek shockwave therapy for the treatment of lower back pain.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how shockwave therapy can relieve your lower back pain, get in touch, we’re happy to help.