Shockwave is a multidisciplinary therapy used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, and more recently, sexual medicine.
Shockwave therapy uses strong pulses of energy to create cavitation bubbles that expand and collapse, breaking down calcification, and other deposits that develop in the blood vessels due to age and health related conditions. Additionally, shockwave therapy induces wound healing responses that result in neovascularization and angiogenesis at the treatment site.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient's own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.