How long does shock wave therapy take to work?
The length of time it takes for shock wave therapy to work can vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the severity of the condition, and the individual patient. Some patients may experience improvement after just one or two treatments, while others may require several sessions to achieve the desired results.
Typically, a series of shock wave therapy treatments is required to achieve the best results, with the number of treatments ranging from 3 to 6 sessions. The frequency of treatments also varies, but it is typically recommended to have treatments once a week or once every two weeks.
The length of each treatment session also varies, but it usually lasts between 20 to 30 minutes. After each session, patients may experience some discomfort or tenderness in the treated area, but this is usually temporary and resolves within a few days.
It is important to note that shock wave therapy is not a permanent cure for all conditions, and it is possible that the effects of the therapy may not be long-lasting. Some patients may require maintenance treatments to sustain the benefits of the therapy.
It is always recommended to discuss the expected duration and frequency of shock wave therapy with your healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.