Shockwave Therapy

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Shockwave Therapy

How Shockwave Therapy Works

Shockwave Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive and highly effective treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. This innovative therapy harnesses the power of acoustic waves to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Here's how it works:

1. Shockwave Stimulation:

  • High-energy acoustic waves are delivered precisely to the affected area.
  • These waves create microtrauma within the damaged tissue, initiating the healing response.

2. Increased Blood Flow:

  • Shockwave Therapy promotes increased blood circulation to the injured area.
  • Improved blood flow accelerates the body's natural healing processes.

3. Pain Reduction:

  • By targeting pain receptors and promoting the release of pain-relieving substances, Shockwave Therapy provides immediate pain relief.
  • It often reduces or eliminates the need for pain medications.

4. Tissue Regeneration:

  • Over time, Shockwave Therapy encourages the regeneration of damaged tissue.
  • This leads to long-term relief and improved function.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

1. Non-Invasive: Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, reducing the risks and downtime associated with surgery.

2. Speeds Up Healing: It accelerates the body's natural healing processes, providing faster relief and recovery.

3. Pain Reduction: Patients often experience immediate pain reduction during and after treatment, enhancing overall comfort.

4. Improved Mobility: Shockwave Therapy restores range of motion and mobility, making daily activities and sports participation easier.

5. Long-Lasting Results: Unlike some temporary treatments, Shockwave Therapy promotes tissue regeneration for lasting relief.

6. Minimized Medication: Many patients can reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications after undergoing Shockwave Therapy.

Common Course of Treatment:

  1. Consultation and Assessment: The first step is to consult with a healthcare professional who will assess your condition, medical history, and suitability for Shockwave Therapy.
  2. Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment, a personalized treatment plan is developed. This plan includes the number of sessions required and the frequency of treatments.
  3. Shockwave Sessions: During a typical Shockwave Therapy session, high-energy acoustic waves are applied to the affected area. The duration of each session can vary but is generally short, lasting approximately 5-15 minutes.
  4. Session Frequency: Treatment sessions are typically scheduled weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the condition being treated. The total number of sessions can vary, but patients usually require between 3 and 5 sessions.
  5. Recovery and Follow-up: After each session, patients can usually resume their regular activities. Some mild discomfort, swelling, or redness may occur but often subsides quickly. It's essential to follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your healthcare provider.
  6. Assessment of Progress: As treatment progresses, your healthcare provider will assess your condition and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
  7. Long-Term Maintenance: In some cases, ongoing maintenance sessions may be recommended to ensure continued pain relief and function improvement.
  8. Lifestyle Modifications: Your healthcare provider may also suggest lifestyle modifications, exercises, or stretches to complement Shockwave Therapy and enhance your recovery.


Shockwave Therapy can be incorporated into your appointments with our chiropractors or kinesiologist.

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Frequently asked Questions

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Shockwave Therapy is a versatile treatment that can effectively address a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Here's a list of common conditions treated by Shockwave Therapy:

  1. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Shockwave Therapy can alleviate the pain and inflammation associated with overuse of the forearm muscles.
  2. Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): This treatment is also beneficial for reducing pain and promoting healing in the tendons on the inner side of the elbow.
  3. Achilles Tendonitis: Shockwave Therapy can expedite the healing process for Achilles tendon injuries, reducing pain and restoring functionality.
  4. Calcific Shoulder Tendinitis: Shockwave Therapy is effective in breaking down calcium deposits in the shoulder tendons, providing relief from pain and stiffness.
  5. Hip Bursitis: Bursitis in the hip can be treated with Shockwave Therapy to reduce inflammation and pain, enhancing hip joint function.
  6. Plantar Fasciitis: As mentioned earlier, Shockwave Therapy is highly effective in treating this common condition, which causes heel pain and discomfort.
  7. Shin Splints: Shockwave Therapy can help alleviate the pain associated with medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) or shin splints, often experienced by runners and athletes.
  8. Stress Fractures: Shockwave Therapy can aid in the healing of stress fractures by promoting bone regeneration and reducing pain.
  9. Jumper's Knee (Patellar Tendonitis): This treatment can reduce pain and inflammation in the patellar tendon, common among athletes and individuals with active lifestyles.
  10. Chronic Neck and Back Pain: Shockwave Therapy can be used to address chronic pain in the neck and back, often related to muscle tension and trigger points.
  11. Heel Spurs: Shockwave Therapy can provide relief from pain associated with calcium deposits on the heel bone.
  12. Trigger Points (Myofascial Pain Syndrome): Muscular trigger points that cause pain and discomfort can be treated effectively with Shockwave Therapy.
  13. Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis): Shockwave Therapy can help improve shoulder mobility and alleviate pain in cases of frozen shoulder.
  14. Knee Osteoarthritis: Shockwave Therapy may offer pain relief and improved joint function for individuals with knee osteoarthritis.
  15. Chronic Tendinopathies: Various chronic tendon conditions, such as patellar tendinopathy and rotator cuff tendinopathy, can be treated with Shockwave Therapy.
  16. Foot and Ankle Pain: Conditions like Morton's neuroma, ankle sprains, and ligament injuries can benefit from Shockwave Therapy.
  17. Scar Tissue Reduction: Shockwave Therapy can help break down scar tissue in muscles and tendons, restoring flexibility and function.
Please note that while Shockwave Therapy is an effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions, individual results may vary. It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific condition.

Risks of Shockwave Therapy:

  1. Mild Discomfort: Some patients may experience mild discomfort or pain during the treatment, but it is usually manageable.
  2. Swelling and Redness: Temporary swelling and redness at the treatment site are common side effects, typically resolving within a few days.
  3. Bruising: Bruising may occur in some cases, but it is usually mild and temporary.
  4. Rare Complications: While rare, there can be complications such as skin blistering, infection, or nerve damage. These risks are minimized when the treatment is administered by experienced professionals.

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