Recover FASTER and STRONGER with Shockwave Therapy!
Numerous research studies have shown that Shockwave Therapy simulates new healthy tissue growth and is among the most effective treatments available today for soft tissue disorders. Call now for a free telephone consultation with a physiotherapist to determine whether Shockwave Therapy is right for you.
What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a safe, non-invasive procedure for client suffering from many tendon, muscle and joint disorders. It applies a series of acoustic wave pulsations directly to the site of injury/ dysfunction through the client’s skin via a gel medium, and does not require the use of medication or analgesics. The shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process and is therefore particularly effective when used to treat chronic conditions, conditions that continue to re-occur or conditions that have not been successfully managed through traditional treatment methods.
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
Shockwave Therapy, evolved from the technology of Lithotripsy (used to disintegrate kidney stones). It involves a series of intense, but very short physical energy waves traveling faster than the speed of sound (non-electric). This energy wave causes break down of targeted dysfunctional tissue and increases blood flow. The body then responds by increasing local metabolism and production of new healthy tissue.
Certain musculo-skeletal and orthopaedic conditions have a hard time healing due to the development of unhealthy, disorganized tissue in the area of injury. Over time, this dysfunctional tissue limits the body’s ability to repair and heal itself. Research has shown Shockwave Therapy to be highly effective in treating musculo-skeletal and orthopedic conditions by stimulating the body’s own natural healing response.
Is Shockwave Therapy for me?
Shockwave therapy has been scientifically proven to help with:
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Jumper’s Knee’s
• Calcific Tendonitis
• Trigger Points
• Lateral Epicondylitis/ Tennis Elbow
• Hallux Rigidus
• Adductor Strain
• Hamstring Strain
The success rate has ranged from 65% to 91% improvement, with low and negligible complications (Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, 2012). Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical option with results that, in some cases, can be as effective as surgery and should be considered when other treatment options have failed or the condition continues to return.
How long does each treatment last?
Initially you will have a thorough assessment by one of our Registered Physical Therapists to ascertain if shockwave therapy is an appropriate part of your treatment plan.
The actual treatment time spent receiving the shockwave therapy is typically less than five minutes. Treatment sessions will also include education and an appropriate post treatment plan.
How many treatments will I need?
The research backed protocols outline that most conditions will require 3-5 sessions of shockwave therapy. An additional 2 sessions may be required if the condition is very chronic. Shockwave Canada states that muscular trigger points may require only one treatment session.
Does the treatment itself, hurt?
Treatment can be uncomfortable, but it is usually well tolerated. It is an intense 5 minutes that most people are able to justify and get through. Many clients experience a decrease or complete absence of pain immediately after treatment. Bruising, swelling, and on rare occasions, skin breakdown may occur.
Will it hurt after the treatment?
There may be some soreness or throbbing 1-2 hours after the treatment session due to an inflammatory response of the body to the shockwave pulses. This is NORMAL and is your body’s way of healing itself and regenerating the targeted tissue. This discomfort usually subsides after 1-2 days.
What should I do if I am in pain following the treatment?
The shockwave will trigger an inflammatory response, which is the body’s natural process of healing. This is the natural process that we are trying to stimulate. Therefore it is important to try and refrain from using anti-inflammatory medications or ice. Use Advil or Tylenol if necessary.
What if it feels good following the treatment?
Even if it feels good, we recommend decreased activity for 48 hrs following the treatment.
Is Shockwave Therapy covered by my insurance?
You will be invoiced under physiotherapy. If you have physiotherapy benefits it will be covered, but check with your provider.
Scientific research supporting the efficacy of Shockwave therapy for the appropriate client
• Plantar Fasciitis (90% improvement for Plantar Fascitis – Journal of Orthopaedic Research 2005)
• Calcific Tendonitis (91% improvement in Calcific Tendonitis – Journal of American Medical Association 2003)
• Lateral Epicondylitis/ Tennis Elbow (77% improvement for Tennis Elbow – The Journal of Orthopedics 2005)
• Hamstring Strain (Shockwave Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy in Professional Athletes – The American Journal of Sports Medicine 2011)
Precautions/Contra-indications to Radial Shockwave
Before Radial Shockwave Therapy begins you will have an extensive assessment with one of our Registered Physical Therapists. It is most important that you discuss your relevant medical and injury history with your therapist. You may not qualify for Radial Shockwave, or an individually determined level of caution may have to be practiced, if you have any of the following:
• Cortisone injection within the last 6 weeks
• Bleeding disorder (eg. Von Willebrand disease, haemophilia, etc.)
• Blood thinning medications/ anticoagulant therapy (eg. Heparin, Warfarin, Coumadin)
• Heart or circulatory problems (eg. Pacemaker)
• Cancer/ local malignancy
• Blood or nerve supplies too close to affected area
• Local tingling or paraesthesiae
• Open wound over the site to be treated
• Poorly localized or non palpable area of pain
• Inflammation or Infection at the site of treatment (signs include redness, swelling, fever, etc)
• Cognitive difficulties(unable to follow directions or follow directions; Alzheimer’s disease, senile demential, etc)