In 2016, an estimated 20 percent of Americans had chronic pain.

Shockwave therapy is often an effective way to reduce pain. This is why selecting the right shockwave therapy device is important. 

If you have never selected a shockwave therapy device before you may be wondering exactly how to go about making the right choice. With such a big decision on hand both financially and for your health, you need to have some firm guidelines in place for selecting the right machine. 

Here’s a look at what you should bear in mind when selecting a shockwave therapy device.

1. FDA Approval

FDA approval is one of the most important things you need to look for in your shockwave therapy device.

There are different classifications for shockwave therapy devices and you need to make sure that you have chosen the device with the right classifications for your needs. Ask your doctor for advice, as this may be tough for a first-time buyer to navigate.

2. Transmission of Shockwaves

The type of shock waves that are sent through the device is another factor you need to consider when selecting a shockwave device. Some shockwave devices use focus shockwave therapy and send shockwaves to specific areas of the body.

While others are radial and transmit low or medium energy shock waves over a wider surface. You should also consider the power levels and frequency levels of any device that you are selecting.

3. Type of Transmission Heads

The transmission head you need will be dependent on the part of the body that you will be treating. You should try to use devices that include several heads. 

This way you can start with a larger head and then move on to a smaller one once you get used to the treatment.

4. Good Display

No matter how great a device is if you can’t see and understand the display clearly then you have an issue. The display should be large enough so that you can see all information easily. 

Also, the touch screen should be big enough so you can comfortably adjust your settings.

5. Portable

It is often a good idea to get a portable shockwave device. When you get a portable model you can take it from one location to the next. 

You will be able to not only use it at home but take it on vacation or on short trips with you in case you need it. Portable shockwave devices are lightweight and compact enough so that you can bring them from one place to the next easily.

Select the Right Shockwave Therapy Device 

Selecting the right shockwave therapy device is all about getting the features and specifications for your needs. Take a closer look at what is being offered before choosing a therapy device. 

Once you do this, it will be more likely that you will select the right device for your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for recommendations as well, this will ensure you get the right device.If you would like more information on shockwave therapy, contact us.