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Shockwave Therapy in Santa Barbara

Healing at the Speed of Sound

Introducing Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy — a revolutionary shockwave therapy for chronic pain. This noninvasive alternative to medications and injections is free from side effects. It’s been successfully used all over Europe for more than 30 years.

Shockwave Therapy is 100 times stronger than regular ultrasound therapy. Shockwave Therapy, also know as Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy, is specifically designed to target adhesions, scar tissue, and calcifications that have built up in the body’s connective tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.

These build ups occur as the result of repetitive overuse of a certain body part or an acute injury resulting in a strain or sprain. The Shockwave uses a compressed soundwave to break up the adhesions, which will increase a patient’s mobility and decrease their pain. Most overuse injuries occur near the joints, where these soft tissues have their attachment points, including shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles. The injuries listed below are just some of the inflammatory conditions that Shockwave therapy can treat.

When an injured area is addressed, you can experience a quicker recovery. Shockwave Therapy alleviates pain, improves mobility and boasts a high success rate.

Who Can Benefit

This innovative technology is effective in addressing a broad range of concerns, such as:

  • Bursitis: Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa sac, which are fluid filled sacs located inside of our joints all over the body. Bursitis can form near the hip, called “trochanteric bursitis”, and is the result of an overly tight Iliotibial Band (IT Band) that rubs over the sac causing it to become inflamed and painful. Bursitis is also commonly seen in the shoulders due to repetitive overhead movements, or in the knees which can result from running, hiking, or prolonged walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Shoulder tendinitis: Different from shoulder bursitis, shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendons surrounding your shoulder joint, known as the “AC” or acromioclavicular joint. This usually occurs in people who engage in sports with lots of upper body movement, including swimming, yoga, and HIIT exercises. Over time, the repetitive irritation of these tendons causes the body to lay down adhesions which inevitably restrict movement and increase pain.
  • Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow: Known respectively as Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis, these conditions affect the inside or outside aspect of the elbow and are defined by the presence of inflammation in the connective tissues surrounding the epicondyle. This condition was named Golfer’s and Tennis elbow because both sports require repetitive movements of the forearms and are seen commonly in these types of athletes. Pain is most noticeable with pulling, gripping, and twisting movements.
  • Plantar fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common conditions that we treat with Shockwave at Bissell Clinic. Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation and subsequent formation of adhesions within the connective tissue in the bottom of the foot, called fascia. This can be caused by walking in shoes without proper arch support and due to unaddressed biomechanical imbalances in the knees or hips that cause a patient to favor one aspect of the foot more than they should. We see this commonly in runners and hikers, and pain is usually worse when barefoot and first thing in the morning.

Your Shockwave Therapy Sessions

One session takes 10-20 minutes to complete. Typically, you will receive a series of 7 sessions administered twice weekly. If you are in acute pain, you may see improvement after a single session.

See What Our Patients Are Saying About Shockwave Therapy

I have recovered from tennis elbow due to the wonderful shockwave therapy treatments I received at Dr. Bissell’s office. I went there because after a couple of months and visits to three orthopedic doctors I was still in pain and still searching for something that could help. Shockwave therapy was it! After a hand full of treatments and 7 months my elbow is much better. I’m back playing golf again.
Anna F.

As gym owner and personal trainer in Montecito I know how hard it is to overcome inflammatory overuse injuries, I have seen it in my clients and sometimes in myself. I recently had a small case of knee tendonitis and with a package of shockwave therapy I knocked it right out and haven’t looked back. The shockwave therapy at Bissell Clinic is a missing piece to the healing puzzle.
Shane C.

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Shockwave Therapy Santa Barbara, Montecito CA | (805) 565-5252