Shockwave therapy is a modality or machine, that is used to treat common tendon, soft tissue and bone injuries. It works by exerting a mechanical pressure (a sound wave) through the affected tissue that creates increased metabolism and blood flow, among other processes, in order to help encourage cellular repair and accelerate healing of the damaged tissue.
Common Injuries treated with Shockwave Therapy include, but are not limited to:
- Tennis/golfer’s elbow
- IT Band syndrome (lateral knee pain)
- Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s knee)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis/heel pain/heel spurs
- Shoulder tendonitis
- Shin splints
Shockwave is a highly efficient, non-invasive treatment option with minimal risks. Some people may feel slight pain during or after the session, but it is generally well-tolerated, as each session only lasts approximately 5-10 minutes. Most people will see benefits from Shockwave Therapy within 3-5 treatments, generally completed at an interval of approximately every 3-10 days, however, individual results may vary. Your physiotherapist will supplement the shockwave treatment with an individualized strengthening/stretching program in order to further assist in your body’s healing process.
If you have any questions about Shockwave or wonder if it may be a good fit for you, any of our physiotherapists would be happy to assist you!