What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-energy pulses on injured/painful areas of the body. These pulses create micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst, which creates a strong force that penetrates through damaged tissue. This helps stimulate cells in the body to encourage bone and connective tissue to start healing naturally.
This is a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers, which makes it an ideal therapy to help with various chronic pain problems and speed up recovery.
How is the treatment performed?
Your therapist will apply gel to the treatment area. Shockwaves are then released through the applicator as it is moved over the affected spots.
Does the treatment hurt?
Generally, most patients will find the treatments relatively painless, but there may be some discomfort or sensitivity, depending on the level of pain that is already in affected area. Most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort.
Are there possible side effects?
Generally shockwave therapy does not have any side effects. However, some patients might experience minor discomfort or soreness as a result of natural inflammation in the treated area. This is normal and will subside within a few days. The soreness is tolerable and in most cases, there is no down time needed.
What conditions can be treated with shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy has shown to effectively treat a wide variety of conditions such as:
- Knees and feet pain (heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis)
- Elbow, hand, wrist pains
- Neck and shoulder (calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles)
- Hip (bursitis)
- Lower leg (shin splints)
- Upper leg –(Iliotibial band friction syndrome)
- Back pain (lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain)
It is used to provide trigger point therapy, address sports injuries, scar tissue, stress fractures, enhance bone healing, and many more.
Who is not a candidate for shockwave therapy?
Most people are eligible for shockwave therapy however we do not recommend treatment for the following patients:
- Patients with a circulation or nerve disorder
- Bone tumor or metabolic bone condition
- Patients using blood-thinning medications
If you are unsure about this treatment, we ask that you consult with your physician first. Your doctor will be able to provide you will more information and if this is suitable for your condition.
How many treatments are generally needed?
The number of sessions depends on the condition that is being treated.
On average, a typical treatment plan may be 4-5 treatments on a weekly basis.
Your registered therapist can work with you on a treatment plan best suited for your condition.
Why consider getting shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy has been proven to be highly effective without the risks, complications or long recovery times than surgery. They are non-invasive, do not require anesthesia, and have little to no side effects, all while promoting accelerated recovery.
Many patients have reported immediate pain relief or significant reduction in pain. This non-surgical therapy helps to eliminate pain and restore mobility, all while embracing your body’s natural healing process and providing efficient, long-lasting results.