Non-Surgical Solution For Chronic Neck and Back Pain In Rockville

Chronic Back Pain and Neck Pain Overview

Millions of Americans hide each day in moderate to severe back pain. According to several population surveys, back pain is the third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. (Source: Mayo Clinic Publication)

It happens when the body experiences pain for weeks, months, or even years despite medication and treatment. 

We all experience back and neck discomfort from time to time. These conditions can be caused by a variety of factors, including any one or more the following:

  • Age-Related Injuries: Commonly injured through repeated overuse
  • Work-Related Injuries: Commonly caused by office ergonomics
  • Sports Injuries’: Frequently lower back and Sciatica
  • Post Surgical Pain: While narcotic medicine and rehab falter, we thrive

A poor postural habits such as slouching repetitive movements that recruit muscle groups in an inappropriate way tightness around certain joints irritation related pain referral symptoms like relief found through massage therapy minor strain injuries which will get better without treatment but may include some degree if inflammation. Also contributing might even just represent folks who spend their day sitting down at desks throughout most workdays.

What causes back pain?

Chronic back pain can happen anywhere in the back, from the head and neck to the thoracic spine and lower back. Common causes of back pain include factors such as:

  • Degenerative Disk Disease
  • Infections
  • Bone Spur
  • Obesity
  • Back Injuries
  • Nerve Damage
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bad Posture
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • Ligament or muscle tears
  • Smoking
  • Congenital (present at birth) abnormalities
  • Aortic aneurysm

Continue Reading About Back Pain, as well as other chronic pain treatments available at Health Expressions on our Chronic Pain Page.

New Back Pain Relief With Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is an effective non-invasive treatment for chronic back pain by targeting deep into the pain areas and directly enhancing the healing process by reducing the pain sensation and recovery time. It can be used to avoid surgery, or recover faster after surgery. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin via a gel medium.

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At Health Expressions, we use the best-in-class Masterpuls 100 Ultra Shockwave Therapy machine manufactured by the Swiss company Storz Medical for physiotherapy applications. It delivers precision acoustic waves to a depth of approximately 6cm below skin level. A series of treatments break down local calcium deposits, increase local blood flow and reduce local pain – accelerating regenerative and rehabilitative results.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Provide Precision Pain Relief For Chronic Back Pain and Neck Pain?

Pain is very common and can often improve on its own within a few days or weeks. However, this is not always the case, and when pain stops you from performing your day-to-day activities, it is sensible to get some advice.

When you attend your Initial consultation at Health Expressions, we will undertake a relevant medical history review, and usually spend approximately 30 minutes on a detailed examination.

Once we have established why you are suffering from pain, we will give you advice on how to reduce your pain, determine what may be contributing to your pain, and explain how the pain can be minimized or eliminated altogether.

The Shockwave Healing Process:

Shockwave therapy uses acoustic waves to penetrate deep into the tissues, removing scar tissue and releasing trigger points while also encouraging the creation of new blood vessels in the damaged areas. This aids the body’s natural healing process, as well as reducing discomfort and treating the root cause of chronic pain. Patients will notice a reduction in pain and suffering as well as better range of motion when doing regular activities after just a few treatments

From mechanical vibration to recovery and healing, shockwave therapy empowers your inert healing processes through mechanotransduction.

  • Reversal of Chronic Inflammation
  • Dispersion of Pain Mediator “Substance P”
  • Release of Trigger Points

Scientific Evidence For Shockwave Therapy

There are several studies conducted to prove the effectiveness of shockwave therapy as a treatment of various types of chronic pain.

A study was conducted by the Faculty of Physiotherapy at the Opole Medical School in Poland to determine the effectiveness and safety of shockwave therapy for patients with chronic low back pain. (Source: PubMed

A total of 52 patients with lower back pain were divided into two groups in this randomized study.

Conclusion:

The treatment group received better pain reduction than the control group at the end of ten sessions with Shockwave Therapy.

Back Pain Relief At Health Expressions – 3 Steps

1. EVALUATION

Schedule your initial Back or Neck Pain consultation at Health Expressions by calling (301)244-4717 and follow any pre-appointment steps provided by the care team. Bring To Appt:

  • Medication List
  • Any recent imaging or treatment notes

2. TREATMENT

During your Back and Neck Pain Appointment, the Health Expressions doctor will carefully evaluate your health history and back pain to see if you are a good candidate for shockwave therapy.  You may even be elegable to start therapy during your initial consultation.

3. RESULTS

The Doctor will discuss a care plan with you during the first visit- which commonly will include a set of weekly treatment sessions. While pain relief may be achieved immediately, the doctor recommends completing all sessions to achieve optimal results.

Shockwave Therapy Research

“Low Intensity Shockwave Therapy in Combination with Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors Is an Effective and Safe Treatment Option in Patients with Vasculogenic ED Who Are PDE5i Non-Responders: A Multicenter Single-Arm Clinical Trial – Beyond the Abstract” (URO Today 2020) – Results: a clinically significant improvement of IIEF-EF was achieved in 75 patients (70.7%) and Erection Hardness Score ≥ 3, sufficient for full intercourse, was reported by 72 patients (67.9%) at the follow-up visit. 37 (34.9%) patients reported a full rigid penis (EHS=4) after treatment.4 Moreover, Li-ESWT treatment was also able to improve quality of life (SQOL-M: 45.56 ±8.00 vs. 55.31 ± 9.56; p < 0.0001) and significantly increased mean PSV (27.79 ± 5.50 vs. 41.66 ± 8.59; p < 0.0001) and decreased mean EDV (5.66 ± 2.03 vs. 1.93 ± 2.11; p < 0.0001) in penile doppler ultrasound.4 On the basis of our findings, we consider that the combination of Li-ESWT and PDE5-i represents an effective and safe treatment for patients affected from ED who do not respond to first line oral therapy.

Therapeutic Advances in Urology Since the usage of Li-ESWT in treating ED is relatively new and most studies are short-term in nature, there is insufficient data on whether Li-ESWT treatment of ED produces any long-term adverse effects. Furthermore, there is insufficient data on whether those adverse effects are affected by various treatment protocols. With that being noted, to date, no significant short- or long-term side effects from the usage of Li-ESWT in ED have been identified (Sage Journals, 2021).

The Impact of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for the Treatment of Young Patients with Vasculogenic Mild‐Erectile Dysfunction (ED): A Prospective Randomized Single‐Blind, Sham Controlled Study (Wiley Online Library, 2021)

Efficacy of penile low-intensity shockwave treatment for erectile dysfunction: correlation with the severity of cavernous artery disease (Aisan Journal of Andrology,2021)

Combination Therapies for Erectile Dysfunction—A Synergy of Modalities Holds the Key (JAMA Network, 2021)

The future of Chronic Back Pain Treatment

Top Reasons To Try Shockwave At Health Expressions

As health practitioners, shockwave therapy is a particularly effective method for treating any chronic pain, especially for patients who don’t respond to other treatments they have tried. It’s non-invasive, encourages the natural healing process, and is more effective than other treatments.

How we deliver fast pain relief

Pain is very common and can often improve on its own within a few days or weeks. However, this is not always the case, and when pain stops you from performing your day-to-day activities, it is sensible to get some advice.

When you attend your Initial consultation at Health Expressions, we will undertake a relevant medical history review, and usually spend approximately 30 minutes on a detailed examination.

Once we have established why you are suffering from pain, we will give you advice on how to reduce your pain, determine what may be contributing to your pain, and explain how the pain can be minimized or eliminated altogether.