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.
WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC EFFECTS OF SHOCKWAVE ON INJURED TISSUES?
- 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
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATED WITH SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?
Shockwave therapy is useful for treating common conditions, such as:
- 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)
DOES THE TREATMENT HURT?
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 your 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.
HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TREATMENT?
Treatments are normally administered once per week for 3 weeks.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?
- Temporary swelling or redness in the treated area
- Temporary numbness or itching in the treated area
- Skin damage