Judged A Success

Noninvasive Soundwave therapy alleviates debilitating shoulder pain.

Kay Hammond practiced law from 1977 to 2004, when she was appointed to the bench as magistrate for the 19th Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida. She served in that capacity for 16 years and retired May 1.

Kay Hammond & Charlie

“I loved practicing law,” the Tennessee native shares. “I handled all of the post-final judgement divorce cases; dependency cases for abused, abandoned and neglected children; and involuntary commitment for mental health and substance abuse. It was very rewarding work.”

During most of her career, Kay suffered with pain in her left shoulder that she blamed on a car accident she was involved in when she was 30 years old. The condition grew progressively worse over the years and eventually became debilitating.

“When I did something to aggravate my shoulder, the pain was a 10-plus on a scale of one to 10,” Kay describes. “When I didn’t do anything to make it worse, it was a 6½ or seven all the time. It really interfered with my quality of life.”

Seeking relief, Kay consulted a longtime friend, Mel Richardson, MD, a lifestyle optimization physician who offers an array of treatments for pain. Among them is a noninvasive protocol called SoftWave® therapy, which uses sound waves to reduce painful inflammation and heal injured tissue. Dr. Richardson recommended SoftWave therapy for Kay.

Phased Function

Nontraumatic itself, SoftWave therapy evolved out of the treatment used to break up kidney stones. It uses patented electrohydraulically produced unfocused shock waves that provoke a cellular response that creates a profound anti-inflammatory effect and improves blood flow to the areas treated.

“SoftWave therapy works in two phases,” Dr. Richardson informs. “First, the SoftWaves enter the injured tissue and cause anti-inflammatory signalers to shut down the inflammatory response. The result is typically profound pain relief, which occurs quickly at the time the treatment is performed.”

The second phase is the attraction of stem cells from around the body to the injured area.

“The stem cells revascularize the area, leading to regeneration of damaged tissue and healing,” Dr. Richardson explains. “It takes time for the tissue to fully regenerate, so the maximum benefit of the treatment occurs anywhere from four to 16 weeks following therapy. But the pain may disappear completely before that.

“SoftWave therapy is nonpharmacological and noninvasive, and no needles are used. It is a conservative measure with no risks involved that can be tried before resorting to surgery.”

Dr. Richardson recommended three SoftWave treatments for Kay.

“After the first treatment, I felt at least 60 percent relief,” she recalls. “After the second, I felt 90 percent better, and I’ve been pain-free since the third treatment.

“It’s truly a miracle. I went from experiencing debilitating shoulder pain to riding my bicycle 15 to 20 miles a day. Dr. Richardson gave me back my life!”

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. FHCN file photo. mkb


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