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Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT)

One of the most advanced and highly effective noninvasive treatment methods cleared by the FDA

What is Acoustic Wave Therapy?

Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT) is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons, and joints. MyACT describes the use of acoustic waves to target tissue at varying depths to compress and manipulate tissue resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage. The results of the mechanical stimulus delivered by MyAct can lead to increased circulation and pain relief which are key components of the healing process.

What conditions does Acoustic Wave Therapy help improve?

  • Lateral Epicondylopathy of the Elbow (tennis elbow)
  • Calcifying tendinopathy of the shoulder
  • Myofascial syndrome / trigger point treatment
  • Medial Epicondylopathy of the elbow
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis, with or without heal spur
  • Pseudarthroses / Stress Fractures

Benefits of AWT at Barber Chiropractic

The non-surgical therapy for pain not only eliminates pain but it also restores mobility, thus quickly improving the quality of life for patients. If you are suffering from Knee Pain, Heel Pain, Foot Pain, Ankle Pain, Achilles, Planter Fasciitis, Hamstring Pain, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Elbow Pain, Wrist Pain, Hand Pain, Tennis Elbow, Sports Injuries, or TMJ - you are a candidate for acoustic wave therapy.

  • Locates and helps alleviate musculoskeletal pain
  • Non-invasive
  • Reduces pain medications
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Short treatment sessions
  • Only 5-6 treatments typically needed

FAQs About Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT)

How does AWT work?

The AWT machine delivers thousands of high energy sound wave impulses to the affected tissue. These impulses are thought to cause micro trauma to scar tissue and arthritic areas. As a result, it stimulates the body’s natural metabolic activity, creates a healthy inflammatory response, and stimulates healing. 

The machine assists the doctor to identify very specific areas of injury and then delivers a series of impulses precisely where they are most effective. There is absolutely no pain or discomfort experienced in areas that are not injured. 

In many instances there can be an immediate reduction of pain as well as improved mobility and function. Since it is non-invasive, there is no need for anesthesia. The most common minor side effect following treatment is soreness in the treated area that will normally dissipate in a short amount of time. 

AWT: What to Expect

During every session, 2000 to 3000 pulse waves will be delivered to an area being treated lasting about ten minutes. You will see maximum benefits with five to six treatments per area with three to five days to allow for proper recovery time. AWT is believed, and has clinically proven, to have the following effects: 

  • Facilitate healing
  • Eliminate pain
  • Stimulate the "washing away" of Substance-P (a pain producing chemical)
  • Increase the body's collagen production
  • Increase microcirculation leading to enhanced tissue metabolism
  • Help Dissolve Calcific Fibroblasts
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Improved function and range of motion to the joint

Is AWT painful?

Depending on the patient’s current level of pain and the area of treatment, the degree of discomfort varies significantly. The intensity of a treatment session also varies, and many patients can tolerate treatment well because the intensity varies depending on patient tolerance. 

Is there pain after AWT treatments?

Many patients experience immediate pain relief after AWT. However, they may experience soreness in the area within two to four hours. According to different clinical reports, the soreness is usually very tolerable and can last a couple of hours to some days. 

DO NOT use ice on the area if you experience this soreness. One of the desired effects of AWT is an “inflammatory response.” Therefore, the use of anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, etc.) isn’t recommended. 

Many patients report great results with Tylenol. You may take medication as you see fit or based on your doctor’s recommendation and advice. The soreness will disappear within 4 to 24 hours without any intervention. 

Can I return to regular physical activity after AWT?

We always recommended that you refrain from any physical activity, especially those that would involve the treated area for 48 hours after every treatment. 

AWT Limitations:
Who Shouldn't Utilize AWT

PiezoWave Pain Treatment is unique in the sense that it does not generate heat unlike ultrasound therapy, a commonly used modality. Therefore, the treatment makes it suitable for post-surgical conditions. However, this therapy is not indicated with some conditions including: pregnancy, heart or circulatory problems, you're taking blood thinning medications and blood clotting disorders, infections, tumor issues, lung tissue in the focal area, treatment of the head or brain.

Are you looking for a Acoustic Wave Therapy?

Contact us at Barber Chiropractic today at (724)527-2686 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors.