What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy, or “Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)” as it’s also known as, has emerged as one of the most effective treatments that make bone to tendon or bone to ligament bone junction injuries heal. Shockwave therapy makes use of high-energy acoustic waves that penetrate the soft tissues without breaking the skin. It targets damaged areas of the body, stimulating new blood flow and blood vessel growth, and regeneration in bones, ligaments and tendons.
Shockwaves are often recognized as a natural phenomenon, such as when a plane breaks the sound barrier or when lightning strikes. In medicine however, it’s been used to dissolve kidney stones without the need for invasive surgery for over four decades. Shockwave was also discovered to help in cellular-level healing in ligament, tendon, bone, and other tissues—to finish healing and regenerate cells in even the oldest injuries.
Until then, injuries like hip bursitis, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, jumper’s knee, shin splints, tennis or golfer’s elbow, calcium tendonitis deposits and a wide variety of other chronic conditions were often hard to successfully treat and virtually impossible to heal.
Shockwave therapy now provides a reliable, beneficial treatment option for individuals suffering from chronic pain or injuries. However, achieving the best relief relies on complying with rehabilitation and treatment recommendations.
If you have any of the following symptoms or reservations, Shockwave physiotherapy can help:
- Are you fearful of trying new sports or activities due to pain?
- Are you saying no to new adventures or activities?
- Are you avoiding social activities out of fear of re-injury?
- Are you missing out on achieving your personal goals?
- Do you regret not consulting someone sooner to treat your pain?
A Wide Range of Common Conditions and Injuries Shockwave Therapy Can Successfully Help With Includes:
- Tennis Elbow
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Ankle Pain
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Biceps Tendinitis
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Snapping Hip Syndrome
- IT Band Friction Syndrome
- Scar Tissue
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Heel Spurs
- Tendon Injury
- Trigger Finger
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Frozen Shoulder
- Osgoode-Schlatter’s Disease
- Patellar Tendinopathy
- Joint pain
- Elbow & Knee Pain
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome
- Nerve disorder
- Shin Splints
- Heterotopic Ossification
- Groin Strains
- Calcific deposits In Tendons
- Hip Pain
- Connective tissue injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Rotator cuff injury
- Muscle tension
- Poor joint mobility
- Sexual health concerns
- Common foot conditions
- Neurological conditions
- Shoulder pain
- Sports injuries
- Most types of musculoskeletal conditions
- Hamstring Strains
- All Tendonopathies
Can Shockwave Therapy Help Me?
You may benefit from shockwave therapy delivered by a registered physiotherapist if you struggle with any of the following issues:
Pain from prior injuries that flares up when you pursue new activities or live your daily life.
Inflamed tendons caused by an acute injury or prone to injury from overuse.
Foot pain that is worst in the morning with your first few steps, but continues throughout the day.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Pain that’s unrelenting in your wrist or shoulder from repetitive movements at your job, or constant neck pain from working at your desk.
Painful inflammation of fluid-filled sacs that are meant to reduce friction in your joints.
Restricted and extremely painful movement that results when calcium is deposited in the tendons.
Five Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave treatment plan can help you reach your goals pain free as it provides the following benefits:
Shockwave therapy helps interrupt the pain signal from the nerves to the brain. Disrupting the communication of pain to the brain helps in better pain management and minimize the inflammatory cycle.
Increased Blood Flow
Shockwave Therapy encourages the growth and development of new capillaries—tiny blood vessels that deliver repair cells and nutrients to damaged tissue to promote healing and growth.
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that boosts your body’s recovery process and is completely safe and effective for your injury. The treatment penetrates the target tissue without damaging the skin.
Stimulates Tissue Growth
Shockwave Therapy encourages cellular activity and growth, which in turn stimulates tissue growth within muscles, tendons, and bones.
Shockwave Therapy typically takes less time and costs less than a full physiotherapy treatment. And depending on your insurance coverage, it may be delivered at no out-of-pocket cost to you.