Shockwave Therapy is an effective, non-invasive therapy used for the healing of soft tissue injuries.
It uses an acoustic wave to carry high energy to the chronic painful area. The high energy, in turn, promotes regeneration and repair processes, resulting in accelerated healing, decreased pain, and increased mobility.
When shockwave is used on your injured issues, quite a few positive things are happening:
- Formation of new blood vessels
- Reversal of the chronic inflammation process
- Stimulation of collagen production, which is required for tissue repair
- Breakdown of calcium deposits or calcifications
- Dispersion of painful chemicals out of the painful area
Shockwave therapy can be an important tool in recovering from a soft-tissue injury. Remember that it is just one of many tools to be used my your physio practitioner! The tool is only as good as the person using it.
We use Shockwave to treat many things. Here are some of the top ones:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Hamstring strains
- Hip bursitis, gluteal tendonitis, or groin strains
- Inflammation and calcification of shoulder tendons (ie. rotator cuff and biceps tendons)
- Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow (medial and lateral epicondylitis)
There is mild discomfort during a shockwave therapy session which lasts usually around 4 to 5 minutes. The intensity can be adjusted during the treatment to keep it within the patient’s limit of discomfort.
After a treatment, you may experience some temporary tenderness or soreness over the treated area. This is due to the inflammatory response brought on by the shockwave therapy and initiation of your natural healing process.
The answer is variable depending on the patient, their condition, and their response to treatment overall.
Typically we would administered Shockwave Treatments once per week for 3 to 6 weeks. It can be used more (or less) without risk.
- Temporary swelling or redness in the treated area
- Temporary numbness or itching in the treated area
- Skin damage