It is estimated that about 80% of people in the world will experience some form of back pain during their lives. Patients report virtually instantaneous relief from back pain after the very first shockwave treatment. This is particularly true if the pain is muscular in origin. Pain arising from other causes like bulging or slipped discs, respond better to chiropractic care. Easily confused with back pain is pelvic and gluteal (buttock) pain, which can cause similar symptoms and pain patterns. Your doctor will determine if you pain is coming from your lower back muscles, disc, joints, or the pelvic and gluteal region, before delivering the shockwave therapy to the appropriate area.
Piriformis syndrome, or pain in the fleshy part of your buttocks that radiates down one or both legs, is caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the nerve that travels from your buttocks to your feet. Shockwave done to the muscles that are compressing the nerve help to quickly relieve the pain and restore blood supply to the buttock muscles. This condition is especially common in people who are desk-bound and sit the entire day for work, as well as for people who run or jump a lot.