Chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions can be especially challenging to treat. Problems like arthritis or acute injuries have a way of getting worse over time as the body tissues continue to degenerate. However, if physical therapy, surgery, or over-the-counter interventions haven’t helped, then you will be happy to learn that there are non-invasive options that can help you manage your pain. At Renew Health in Tempe, AZ we know that energy-based systems like Summus and Shockwave therapy can help rehabilitate your condition and improve your daily life.
What Are Summus and Shockwave?
Summus and Shockwave are two separate energy-based treatments that stimulate the body’s natural regenerative ability. Your body already has all the tools required to rebuild injured tissue and heal pain, but sometimes your body needs a little direction to produce the pain-relieving results you are looking for. Each of these non-invasive treatments can help your body heal itself through natural processes.
How Does Summus Work?
Summus is a laser light energy treatment that penetrates the sub-dermal layers of the skin to stimulate natural regenerative properties related to healing, such as increasing blood flow to the injury location. As the natural healing properties of your body begin to take effect, the enhanced oxygen in your blood will be converted into cellular energy, which will then allow for pain relief, faster healing time, and reduced inflammation.
Your Summus therapy treatments can be customized to an exact laser depth that is ideal for the amount of soft tissue, fat, and bone in each of your treatment areas. The ability to adjust the power of the treatment makes it possible for this therapy to be used for a range of conditions and on patients of every age.
How Does Shockwave Work?
Shockwave is another non-invasive treatment that works by emitting acoustic energy waves to the site of a musculoskeletal injury. Shockwave is a unique treatment since the energy of the device can both break down damaging tissue that may be contributing to pain, as well as encourage the growth of new, healthy tissue.
Just like Summus therapy, Shockwave therapy can also be customized to your body’s needs. Lower intensity settings are ideal for encouraging tissue regrowth while higher settings can help break down flawed tissue contributing to chronic pain.
How Can These Treatments Help You?
Both Summus and Shockwave therapy are ideal treatments for those who have chronic or acute musculoskeletal treatments that haven’t been successfully treated with other interventions. Additionally, these treatments can pair well with other chronic pain interventions, such as PRP treatments, nerve blockers, and other interventional pain management. These treatments are each a good option for treating a variety of injuries and traumas, such as:
- Back and neck pain
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle tears
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel
- Knee pain
These treatments can be used to assist in post-surgical healing, as well as rehabilitation with physical therapy or other treatments. Because these treatments can encourage new tissue growth, they can be exceptionally helpful for correcting long-term injuries or addressing the root cause of conditions such as arthritis.
How Many Treatments Will You Need?
For both Summus and Shockwave therapy, the number of treatments you will need will be determined by the severity of your physical condition. For example, those with acute injuries like sprains may only need one to three to six treatments to see significant results; those who have chronic conditions may need six to 12 treatments, or more, to have any long-term pain relief.
We will judge how many treatments are necessary to resolve your condition based on your ongoing pain over the course of the treatment and examinations to determine how much tissue regeneration has been accomplished. Because your age and gender may affect how quickly your tissue regenerates, we generally play your treatment plan by ear.
How Long Will Results Last?
The results of these treatments are intended to be long-term. Because a treatment like Shockwave will break down and eliminate damaged tissue, the cause of your pain should also be eliminated and that means that you should be pain-free after your treatment sessions are complete. In fact, the results of both of these treatments will last for as long as the new tissue remains undamaged.
If you want the results of your treatment to last for as long as possible, then you should do your best to avoid any further injuries that may damage the new tissues. This can mean adopting mindfulness habits to avoid reinjuring yourself or following other recommendations from physicians to slow the progression of conditions like arthritis.
Why Should You Choose These Treatments?
Unlike surgeries that can correct the root cause of pain, a non-invasive option is much less painful and can often produce better results than surgery. Choosing a treatment like Summus or Shockwave can also provide you with faster pain relief, sometimes in as little as one to two days after your initial treatment.
Can You Combine These Treatments?
Because each of these treatment approaches stimulating the natural regenerative properties of your body in different ways, it’s possible you will be able to combine these treatments in your treatment plan to get the best possible results. Although many patients can achieve excellent pain-relief results while using only one treatment, patients who have significant tissue damage or scarring may benefit from using Shockwave treatments before Summus. We will help you determine which treatment or combination of treatments is most appropriate for your health goals.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Candidates who are ideal for these treatments include people who have chronic pain caused by damaged tissue or inflammation that has not responded to other treatments. These non-invasive therapies are safe for people of all ages, genders, and skin tones. Additionally, because these treatments have no downtime, they can be ideal for those who have busier schedules.
Improve Your Wellbeing Today
You don’t need to live with chronic pain. If other pain management methods haven’t worked for you, then you may want to use a treatment that will help your body take advantage of the natural healing tools that are already there. Both Summus and Shockwave therapy are good choices for virtually all patients with chronic or acute musculoskeletal conditions.