Shockwave Therapy

What does Shockwave Therapy treat?

Shockwave therapy effectively treats the following conditions:

  • Feet - heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis
  • Elbow – tennis and golfers elbow
  • Shoulder - calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles
  • Knee - patellar tendonitis
  • Hip – bursitis
  • Lower Leg - shin splints
  • Upper Leg - Iliotibial band friction syndrome
  • Back Pain - lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain

How does Shockwave Technology promote healing?

The high-energy acoustic pulses produced by our Extracorporeal Shockwave unit improves the metabolism in the pain region, increases blood circulation and this effectively stimulates the body’s intrinsic repair mechanisms. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. In other words, Shockwave Therapy is all about activating the body’s self-healing abilities.

Shock Waves – Facts and Features

Shock waves are audible high-energy sound waves. They occur in the atmosphere, for example during lighting strikes, or when airplanes break the sound barrier. In the medical world, shock waves have been employed since around 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones, for instance. In modern pain therapy, shock wave energy is conducted from the place of its generation – the shock wave generator – to the painful body regions, where it unfolds its healing capabilities.

What is a typical visit/treatment like?

A typical visit would consist of a 15-30 minute consult where alternative treatment options would be explained and your condition would be assessed.

Assuming you are a candidate, you will be scheduled for treatment where patients typically require 3 separate treatment sessions approximately 1 week apart. Some severe conditions may require more than 3 visits. Each treatment session lasts approximately 5 - 15 minutes where the physiotherapist will apply ultrasonic transmission gel to the target area. The shockwave therapy hand piece is then positioned to gently and extensively transmit shock waves over the injured area. The feedback you provide helps our physio fine tune the position of the applicator and the intensity of the treatment.

Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?

Shockwave Therapy does not generally cause any significant discomfort and there is NO local anesthetic required. Many patients describe their treatment as "mild sensation" to "moderately uncomfortable" but few report any significant or lasting pain.

Are there any side effects or contraindications?

Shockwave Therapy should not be used if there is a circulation or nerve disorder, infection, bone tumor, or a metabolic bone condition. Shockwave Therapy should also not be used if there are any open wounds or tumors or if the patient is pregnant. Patients who are on blood-thinning medications or who have severe circulatory disorders may also not be eligible for treatment. After the treatment, patients may experience temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days following the procedure. Upon completion of your treatment you can return to most regular activities almost immediately. Occasionally, pain or discomfort may persist for a few days following treatment but no serious complications or side effects have been reported.

How many treatments do I need to improve my condition?

Generally, patients require 3 separate treatment sessions approximately 1 week apart. If a patient is not finding relief after 2 visits they may not respond to this type of therapy. For chronic conditions, patients may require more that 3 sessions.

Does Shockwave Therapy really work?

Provided you are a candidate for this type of treatment, clinical studies suggest there is an 80% - 85% chance this technology will improve your condition. Clinical studies further confirm that 88% of patients treated for calcanial spurs and 95% of those treated for tennis elbow rated the results as "very good" or "good" only weeks after treatment. Numerous clinical trials have been published and are available by study online.