How does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Strong energy pulses are applied to the affected area that penetrate the damaged tissue and stimulate cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing. In many instances, shockwave therapy is most effective in cases when the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own.

What is the success rate of Shockwave Therapy?

The reported rate of clinical improvement is between 77 – 91% depending on the condition. Results from the treatment are cumulative with best results often felt after 3 – 4 sessions. Clinical improvement (typically reduction in pain levels) can be felt after the initial 1 – 2 sessions though.

How is the therapy performed?

Our therapist completes a thorough assessment to ensure that we have localized the pain region through palpation and orthopaedic testing. Skin gel is applied to the treatment area to allow shock waves to transmit into the damaged tissue. The shockwave generator is then put on the painful region and moved in small circular motions for the specified number of pulses.

What is the duration and frequency of therapy?

The therapy session takes between 5 – 10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. In general an average of 3 – 4 therapy sessions are necessary. It is recommended that treatment sessions are 5 – 10 days apart.

Do I need to rest following the treatment?

It is recommended that patient refrain from physical activity involving the treated region for 48 hours following each treatment session.

What does Shockwave Therapy Treat?

The following are disorders that can be treated non-surgically with Shockwave Therapy:

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Calcaneal (Heel) Spurs
  • Patellar Tendinopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Bursitis
  • Scar Tissue
  • Jumpers Knee
  • Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Elbow)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Elbow)
  • Shin Splints
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain without Calcifications
  • Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

*DID YOU KNOW: many extended medical benefit plans cover all or some of the cost of Shockwave Therapy – check your plan to find out whether you are covered.

Shockwave Therapy at Active Solutions Health + Sport can be provided by any of our chiropractic or physiotherapy staff. Contact us here to book an appointment.