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Shockwave Therapy in Brewster, NY

Non-Surgical Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy - Also Known As Radial Pressure Wave Therapy

Shockwave therapy from PMR of Brewster is a medical treatment that utilizes ultrasound technology to send high-energy acoustic waves into the target area to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. At the most basic level, shockwave therapy stimulates new cell growth. These new, healthy cells replace old, weak, or damaged cells.

Shockwaves are actually focused ultrasonic energy (i.e., ultrasound), which is simply sound waves that have a vibration frequency greater than 20,000 Hz. For reference, most humans hear sounds with a frequency between 20 and 20,000 Hz.

Shockwave therapy goes by a number of names, including:

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Acoustic wave therapy
  • Radial pressure wave therapy (RPW), also known as radial shockwave therapy
  • Focused shockwave therapy (FSW)

Numerous studies prove that shockwave, or radial pressure wave therapy, is an effective means of eliminating chronic pain without surgery.

Doctors first used shockwave therapy in the 1990s, to treat kidney stones. They observed that the treatment seemed to accelerate healing in both bone and soft tissues, which led to research into other medical applications of RPW treatments.

The Benefits of Radial Shockwave Therapy

Research over the past 20 years shows how RPW shockwave therapy is effective against chronic pain and inflammation.

  • Improved blood flow: The acoustic waves in Shockwave therapy create microscopic tears in tissues, which causes the body to create new blood vessels. This increases blood flow and oxygenation to the treatment area, promoting faster healing.
  • Reduces inflammation: Chronic inflammation causes pain and reduced function. Mast cells help fight inflammation; acoustic waves increase mast cell activity.
  • Increased collagen production: Collagen is vital to bone and joint health as it is a key component in the structure of muscle, skin, and connective tissues. Shockwave therapy causes your body to increase collagen production, creating a strong support structure for new cells.
  • Reduces calcification: Damaged tendons typically have a buildup of calcium. Acoustic waves break through that calcium buildup, which the body then expels naturally.
  • Interrupts the “pain train”: Your body sends pain messages via a neurotransmitter called Substance P. Shockwave therapy lowers Substance P concentrations, interrupting those pain messages. That reduced concentration also inhibits your body’s inflammatory response to provide even more pain relief.
  • Relaxes trigger points: Extreme muscle tension in the back, neck, shoulders, and limbs (your body’s pain trigger points) impedes blood flow to those areas. This causes pain as the muscle no longer receives enough oxygen. Blood flow is also how your body removes waste. Lack of oxygen and waste buildup causes even more tension in the muscle, creating a cycle known as metabolic crisis. Acoustic wave therapy releases the tension in these trigger points, easing pain and breaking the cycle.
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Shockwave Therapy in Brewster, NY

What to Expect from Radial Shockwave Therapy 

Shockwave therapy is relatively quick and easy. The doctors and therapists at PMR of Brewster begin with a physical exam to determine the precise area requiring treatment. Next, they will apply a gel ointment that allows the RPW applicator to glide smoothly across the skin. Finally, using gentle pressure, the applicator is pushed over the treatment area.

Patients may report feeling soreness and a thumping sensation when the treatment head passes over dysfunctional tissues. Patients report feeling very little discomfort when it actively travels over healthy tissue. The level of discomfort depends on the area being treated, the settings on the device, and the acuity of the condition. Minor post-treatment soreness around the involved area is not uncommon.

Conditions Treatable with Shockwave Therapy

Shoulder Pain
Calcification, chronic inflammation, or acute injury may cause shoulder pain and limited function. Most patients experience a significant reduction in symptoms within four treatments.
Bone Spurs
Calcium deposits on the heel bone may cause a growth known as a spur to develop. Acoustic waves break up calcification to relieve pain and return functionality.
Tennis Elbow
Traditional treatments for tennis elbow, include steroid injections and pain medications which aren’t permanent. Shockwave therapy offers permanent pain relief in only a few sessions.
Shin Stress/Splints

Repetitive stress to the shin area often causes pain and inflammation. Shockwave therapy gets you back on your feet twice as quickly as traditional therapy.

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the rest of your foot. When it becomes inflamed or injured, heel pain results. RPW relaxes the plantar fascia, promoting healing and alleviating heel pain.
Hip Pain
Muscles and tendons in your hips often suffer from overuse, particularly as you age. RPW reduces inflammation, speeds healing, and eliminates pain.
Overuse and acute injury may cause chronic inflammation of the tendons. Patients usually experience symptom relief within three to five treatments.
Jumper's Knee

Patients who have this difficult-to-treat condition typically feel pain relief immediately following the first treatment using shockwave therapy.

This condition causes pain and reduced range of motion. Acoustic wave therapy breaks up calcium deposits for quick, lasting relief of symptoms.
Inflammation of the Achilles tendon typically occurs due to calcification or a bone spur. RPW increases blood flow to the area to speed healing and reduce pain.

Although the healing process takes time, the treatment itself is a welcome relief and does not come with the complications and recovery time of surgery. PMR of Brewster also frequently combines shockwave therapy with chiropractic caremassage therapycold laser therapy, and therapeutic exercises to accelerate the healing process.

If you live in the Brewster, NY area and struggle with chronic pain, please reach out to our scheduling coordinator at (845) 279-1135 and schedule an appointment to see if non-surgical shockwave therapy is right for you.

What Our Brewster, NY Patients Say

Great facility love receiving treatment from them. Definitely recommended for any ailment.
Kile Jackson
Kile Jackson
My experience here was awesome. Staff was welcoming, Professional, and very Knowledgeable. Can’t wait for my next visit. See you guys then.
Kelsey Stockton
Kelsey Stockton
I absolutely love everyone at PMR Brewster. Everyone is super nice, they take great care of me and are always accommodating to meet my needs.
Wesley Faulds
Wesley Faulds
I had a problem with my shoulder for 11 months that I could not get to the bottom to, and could find no relief for. After seeing the doctors here, my problem was 80% fixed on the first day!
David C. Diaz
David C. Diaz
If it wasn’t for the amazing people that work here I would not be able to go to work. They are the best at what they do.
Vin Nardini
Vin Nardini
Northeast PMR is a great place for physical therapy, and chiropractic treatment. They have fixed my back pain from heavy lifting. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to help. All of the clinicians ensure that you come in for your visits and that you have minimal pain. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for treatment.
Michelle Reilly
Michelle Reilly
Clare Carr
Clare Carr
North Street Physical Medicine is by far the most complete and comprehensive chiropractic, physical therapy and 5 star gym all wrapped up in one amazing building. The therapists are attentive and caring and the trainers are professional and tailor your training to your specific needs. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoy receiving my therapy as well as my training at the Brewster location. If you need PT, chiropractic or a gym to get back into shape- this is the place to go!!!
Suzanne Riela
Suzanne Riela
Awesome docs - both Ciatto and Shay - as well as superb office staff - shout out to Therese! Definitely care about their patients and I’m doing so much better than I was two months ago. Thank you PMR!
Christine Carfi
Christine Carfi
I have suffered for 10 years due to a tail bone injury, unable to sit. I have been in therapy here for the last 5 months, and I am finally sitting at the dinner table with my family, driving myself to and from places. I can not thank this team enough for their hard work , dedication and care! I have freedoms I thought I’d never see again in my lifetime! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Janice Pollard
Janice Pollard
Dr. Paul and the entire staff are AWESOME! They take time to get to know you as a person and offer a variety of treatments to best help your needs. I’m very grateful for the care they continue to provide.
Mike G
Mike G
I came here for prescribed PT for whiplash, and I have to say that the whole PMR team is great. Chris, Paul, Phil, and Ron all put effort into my recovery and I can't thank them enough. Nicole and Tenari both accommodated my odd scheduling issues and were beyond helpful. You will not be disappointed.
Gustavo Mahana
Gustavo Mahana
Incredibly friendly staff who care and make sure each patient gets personalized treatment to help them get better!
Allen Gordon
Allen Gordon
Dr Mike explains what's going on with a plan for my needs, seems to be helpful. Also PT Mike was great did some scraping felt great afterward. Thanks again!
I would not go anywhere else. They take great care and professionalism in what they do. The whole staff is wonderful.
Alex Klein
Alex Klein
Super nice staff and wonderful care
Gabrielle Bruno
Gabrielle Bruno
Years of training jiu-jitsu has been really hard on my body. The team at PMR has been a critical asset in my recovery from every injury and has helped me get back to doing what I love. They use a number of the most modern research-based methods and this has been a game-changer in helping me feel my best. Everyone is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. I would highly recommend Brewster PMR to anyone! 🙂
Brewster PMR is amazing! Great friendly staff and great environment! They helped me get back to feeling 100% after hip surgery! Best place to go for physical therapy and chiropractic treatment!
Joanne Stevens
Joanne Stevens
LOVE this facility! The combination of services makes them an excellent medical provider. The staff is professional, supportive and friendly. I recommend them fully.
Mike has been working on me for several years. He has a lot of knowledge and experience. Every session is very helpful and positive.
I recommend Brewster PMR highly they have taken care of me in a most excellent way I am so grateful to all of them thank you all
I highly recommend Mike and his staff. Mike has been treating me for several years as he has great knowledge in fixing any injury. The gym has a wide variety of work out machines and a happy outgoing atmosphere.
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