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Shockwave Therapy for Knee Scar Tissue


Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that stimulates healing and reduces pain using high or low-energy sound waves. A wide variety of musculoskeletal issues can be treated with shockwave therapy for the knee, including the development or buildup of scar tissue.  Shockwave therapy can: 

  • Reduce the size of scars and improve the quality of tissue in a damaged area where scar tissue may occur
  • Stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities by promoting increased blood flow and the formation of new blood vessels
  • Activate the body’s healing cells that aid in tissue repair, breaking down damaged tissue and forming new healthy tissue
  • Reduce pain and improve mobility

Common Causes of Knee Scar Tissue

Common Causes of Knee Scar Tissue


You might be surprised to learn that the knee is the largest joint in the body. In fact, the knee is a hinge joint that connects the thigh bone, or femur, to the shin bone, or tibia. In addition to these two major bones, the knee is also composed of menisci, ligaments, and bursae that help allow for a wide range of movement in the joint. There are several reasons why someone could develop scar tissue in the knee, but we’ll dive into some of the most common causes here.

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries like torn ligaments or fractures can lead to the formation of scar tissue. While scar tissue is a natural part of the body’s healing process, too much scar tissue can result in knee pain and joint stiffness. A knee injury could cause scar tissue to build up within the joint capsule that encloses the knee joint or around tendons and ligaments in the knee.

Knee Surgery

Knee surgery may be necessary for certain knee injuries, like an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction or a meniscus repair. In the event of knee surgery, scar tissue formation could build up around the incision site or nearby soft tissues. Excessive scar tissue in these areas may restrict joint mobility and cause pain.


Arthritis in the knee, including osteoarthritis, can cause inflammation and damage to tissues in the joint. Inflammation and swelling that occurs with arthritis can damage ligaments and tendons of the knee and may also put you at greater risk for injury. While the body may form scar tissue to repair damaged tissue from arthritis, too much scar tissue can cause pain, stiffness, and restricted mobility.

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How Shockwave Therapy Can Help with Scar Tissue

Can SoftWave Therapy Treat Knee Pain?


Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to reduce pain and stimulate healing in the body. Understanding how shockwave therapy works will help clarify how this treatment can help with scar tissue buildup. 

Once a healthcare professional has diagnosed the condition and determined shockwave therapy as an appropriate treatment option, shockwave treatment can begin. The healthcare professional will use a device that emits high-energy sound waves to the target area. The device for shockwave therapy is typically hand-held and pressed gently against the skin. The shockwaves penetrate the skin, and the device directs the shockwaves toward the area of pain or discomfort. In the case of scar tissue, shockwave therapy can promote scar tissue reduction, lead to improved tissue mobility, and reduce pain.

Break Down Scar Tissue

Shockwave therapy utilizes sound waves to specifically target the area in the knee where excessive scar tissue has accumulated. This therapy works by stimulating the body’s innate healing process, causing a healthy blood flow that brings vital nutrients and oxygen to the affected area. Not only does this treatment activate the immune system, but it also encourages cell growth. Additionally, the high-energy waves produced during shockwave therapy have the ability to break up and disrupt scar tissue. Furthermore, it promotes the production of collagen, a crucial component that can strengthen and repair damaged tissues.

Improve Tissue Mobility

Healthy tissues in the knee joint include ligaments, tendons, and menisci that facilitate movement and support. When a health condition or knee injury results in stiffness or restricted mobility, it can also cause pain and discomfort. Shockwave therapy can target the affected area with high-energy waves to help improve mobility in the knee. As the scar tissue gets disrupted and broken down, the knee can move more freely, and healthy tissue can continue to grow.

Reduce Pain

Pain, swelling, inflammation, and stiffness are all common symptoms of knee injuries or conditions that affect the joint. Shockwave therapy can provide pain relief in various ways, including stimulating tissue healing and reducing inflammation in the knee. Shockwave therapy promotes the production of growth factors and the formation of new blood vessels that support new tissue growth. Reduced inflammation can also result in reduced pain. The high-energy sound waves used with shockwave treatment can also disrupt the transmission of pain signals, leading to reduced pain and discomfort.

Shockwave Therapy for Knee Rehabilitation

Recovering from a knee injury or knee surgery often requires a comprehensive plan for rehabilitation so you can become pain-free and regain healthy functioning in the joint. Shockwave therapy for knee rehabilitation can be used in tandem with other techniques like exercise and physical therapy to accelerate healing and improve overall functioning. Knee rehabilitation with shockwave therapy can help reduce pain and improve stiffness and range of motion with minimal downtime. Because shockwave therapy promotes tissue regeneration and healing in knees, this treatment can also reduce the risk of muscle atrophy and improve overall function. Shockwave therapy offers accelerated healing with scar tissue reduction as you recover from a knee injury.

The Best Shockwave Therapy for Knee Pain

Are you looking for safe, reliable, and effective relief from pain caused by soft tissue injuries and conditions? 

SoftWave therapy is FDA-cleared, patented, and nationally recognized for its leading tissue regeneration technology. Unlike other types of high-energy shockwave treatments, SoftWave is the only shockwave therapy on the market that uses true unfocused shock waves that treat knee pain and scar tissue. 

Thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of SoftWave, including:

  • Little to no side effects
  • Short treatment time
  • Quick recovery
  • Long-lasting results

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