Are You an Active Person? Treat Your Injuries With This Unique Therapeutic Method

At Panther Sports Medicine, we offer rehabilitation services to meet the needs of those suffering from body hindrances and physical limitations. Panther therapy services in Calgary is a preeminent recovery and restoration company owned and operated by physical therapists.

We have 10 locations across the city of Calgary. Our facilities can be found in Country Hills, Deer Valley, Oakridge, Marlborough Mall, Cranston Market, South Fish Creek, Trico Centre, Mckenzie Towne, Seton, and Walden.

Moreover, our shockwave therapy service in Calgary is a leading therapeutic procedure designed to alleviate pain associated with injuries. Keep reading to learn more.

Shockwave Therapy Services

Do you have any bodily injuries due to sports, overexertion, strenuous activities, etc? Are you experiencing chronic pain as a result of these injuries? If you answered ‘yes’, a solution is available. Shockwave therapy services may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

A noninvasive procedure that produces a sequence of low-energy auditory wave impulses, shockwave therapy is used to alleviate the pain linked to injured regions of the body.

What is the Origin of Shockwave Therapy?

First introduced in clinical practices back in 1980, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that shockwave therapy began to take off as a legitimate method for restoration. As such, it has now been utilized as a physiotherapy resource for the past two decades. However, its origin story reaches further back than its initiation into mainstream consciousness.

The roots of shockwave therapy can be traced to the 1940s during WWll. Yet despite this, detailed studies didn’t get underway to explore its utility until the 1950s, when a myriad of examinations and experiments took place; looking into the medicinal effects of shockwave therapy.

The 1960s and 1970s saw German researchers experimenting with shockwaves on animals. Continued experimentation eventually led to the development of a prototype machine in 1980 – The Dornier Lithotripter HM1 – which treated kidney stones in the very first shockwave therapy patient.

Symptoms That Require Shockwave Therapy

Generally, shockwave therapy is ideal for those with excessive soft tissue pain (tendons, ligaments, muscles, etc), in addition to bone and joint problems. By and large, athletes, labour workers, and others who engage in repeated strenuous work are often prime candidates for this kind of treatment.

Shockwave therapy is used to treat conditions such as:

  • Bony heel spurs
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis (pain on the bottom of the foot)
  • Tennis and/or golfers elbow (pain on the outer and inner side of the elbow)
  • Runner’s knee (Patellofemoral Syndrome)
  • Split shins (Medial tibial stress syndrome), and more

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave therapy is applied to the skin covering the impacted region. Low energy vibrations (sounds and acoustics) easily infiltrate the skin, upon which they then begin to discharge through the impacted tendon, joint, or muscle tissue.

Your physical therapist applies an ultrasound gel on the skin to assist with channeling the shockwaves through the expanse of the skin. A handheld apparatus is then linked to a machine that converts compressed air into waves of sound. Light pressure is applied as the therapist hovers the device over the body part in need of treatment.

The resulting sound waves then generate the stimulation needed for the enhancement of blood flow to the region – which simultaneously – causes minor inflammation or concentrated swelling.

Following treatment, the body naturally heals the inflammation, and as a result, promotes the restoration of cells. Moreover, injured or damaged tissues start to heal as well; resulting in the reduction of pain.

What Are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

Pain reduction is the ultimate goal of shockwave therapy (or any other therapy for that matter). As such, the benefits of this procedure fall under the umbrella of enhanced physical wellbeing.
Some of the advantages include the alleviation of pain in:

  • Feet
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Back
  • Lower and upper legs
  • Hips
  • Knees, etc

Besides the physical alleviation of chronic pain, there are also many procedural benefits to shockwave therapy that enhance its appeal. These include but are by no means limited to:

  • Exceptional ratio pertained to cost vs effectiveness
  • Non-invasive treatment
  • No drugs, supplements, or anesthesia needed
  • Many fields of utility (sports medicine, restoration, orthopedics, etc)

Are There Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy?

Generally speaking, shockwave therapy produces minor side effects in the majority of patients. Additionally, such side effects are also very limited in their scope and severity. This entails that this form of therapy is an ideal treatment method. Some of the side effects include:

  • Mild swelling/inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Slight pain
  • Tingling sensation to the targeted area
  • Numbness

Typically, patients won’t need extensive recovery time after treatments. A day or two is all that’s usually needed before the side effects subside.

How Soon Can You Expect to See Results?

The majority of patients will typically require about 3 sessions – with each session being spaced apart by a week. This is usually the time frame and number of treatments that will begin yielding the results you desire.

Of course, this is just a general guideline. Different conditions with different people could result in more or fewer sessions being needed before results become noticeable.

Consult with your therapist about your needs, ailments, and conditions to see what the appropriate approach would be for your unique situation.

Other Therapy Services

At Panther Sports Medicine, we understand that you have unique needs and different requirements for restoration. For this reason, we offer a plethora of services to best meet your particular circumstance. View our list of services below to see which ones are most pertinent to your condition.


Physiotherapy is a treatment that’s used to maintain, support, or restore a person’s function, mobility, and overall well-being. This procedure uses the utility of physical reformation for injury prevention in addition to the maintenance of health and fitness.

Injuries, chronic pain, and other forms of physical impairment can be improved through physiotherapy.

Sports Therapy

Considered to be a strong component under the broad spectrum of healthcare services, sports therapy is the treatment (or prevention) of sports injuries. It is used to help patients return back to their fitness levels and physical condition prior to their injuries.


Acupuncture is a traditional form of ancient Chinese medicine. Moreover, it’s a therapeutic procedure used to alleviate chronic pain as well as enhance physical and mental wellness. It involves the usage of slender needles inserted into the skin in specified areas of the body.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a therapy method used by physiotherapists to free or elongate certain muscle groups that may be causing certain conditions in the body. Namely, neuropathic afflictions or chronic musculoskeletal pain.

It is a relatively non-invasive treatment that has the capacity to minimize the pain associated with muscle tightness.

Temporomandibular (Jaw) Joint - TMJ

Do you find eating or chewing to be causing you pain or distress? This is not normal, and if it’s the case with you, then the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be the culprit. The connecting joint that links your jaw to your skull, the temporomandibular joint can be inflicted with pain, which then results in the aforementioned condition.

This can cause painful bouts connected to simple acts such as talking, laughing, eating, etc. However, at Panther Sports Medicine, we have treatments available that can help. Contact us to learn more.

Sports Medicine

Runner? Weight lifter? Sports enthusiast? Whatever the case, if you're associated with athletics – professionally or just for fun – sooner or later, injuries will occur. It comes with the territory. When this happens, it’s understandable that you’ll want to get back on the trials, the court, or in the gym as soon as you can.

However, you need the proper treatment to not only allow this to happen but to also do it as quickly as possible. That’s where sports medicine can be of service. We offer the treatments to help you recover from your sports injuries so you can return to the active lifestyle that you love and enjoy.

Braces, Orthotics, and Health Products

Your body is a magnificent, intelligent, self-regulating machine. However, every now and again, it could use some assistance for a faster, safer, and more efficient recovery. This is where the utility of braces, orthotics, and health products comes into play. These products can ensure your body has the support it needs so you can move without pain.

Additionally, they also assist with correcting your arch and other body parts that may be out of alignment. This allows for the proper recovery and restoration of your faculties to take place.

Book Your Appointment Today!

We appreciate your interest in Panther Sports Medicine, and we invite you to take the leap to good health and learn more about our company and how we can help improve your health. We have 10 convenient locations in Calgary. Find a location near you and book an appointment with us today.

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Why Choose Panther Sports Medicine

Panther Sports Medicine has been serving Calgary for over 30 years!  We offer comprehensive physiotherapy and professional rehabilitation services. Our staff is highly trained in the latest and most effective treatment options. With a wide variety of services and skills, we will get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
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Panther Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Centres are a network of ten clinics, physiotherapist operated, serving Calgary and surrounding areas. Our team offers a wide range of services including physiotherapy, massage therapy, and sports injury rehabilitation to help our clients reduce pain and recover from injuries. Panther Sports Medicine has been proudly serving our community for over 30 years.
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