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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment in which shockwaves which are intense and short energy sound wave pulsations that are used to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. A shockwave treatment is applied directly through a person’s skin via a gel medium.

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular, those involving areas muscles, ligaments, capsule, spurs, and bones.

Following conditions can be easily treated by shockwave therapy.

  • Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs & Achilles tendonitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma, metatarsalgia
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis & calcification, frozen shoulder
  • Patellar tendonitis, jumper’s knee & shin pain
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Trochanteric bursitis (Hip)
  • Trigger points in muscles
  • Stress fractures/Shin Splints, non union’s (delayed bone healing).

Who Can benefit from shockwave therapy?

Initial assessment is done to determine the appropriate need of the shockwave treatment, if you are diagnosed with any of the above-mentioned issues or condition, you can be possibly benefit from shockwave therapy.

Advantages of Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is widely used by physiotherapist, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeon, urologist and podiatrists successfully to treat musculoskeletal disorders. As compared to other treatment methods, the advantages are:

  • Quickly reduces pain
  • No medication is needed
  • Avoids surgery and anaesthesia
  • No side effects
  • No risk of allergies
  • Accelerates healing
  • Effective for chronic conditions

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

Shockwave therapy is acoustic waves with high energy peak transmitted through the skin surface to the underlaying tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, pain relief and mobility restoration. It accelerates the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers, particularly in cases where the body has been unable to do so on its own. Healing occurs over several treatments by initiating an inflammatory response and promoting metabolism lead to vascularization to the area with increase in oxygen supply. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process and is especially useful for those suffering from chronic heel, shoulder, knee, achilles, and elbow pain.
Your therapist will apply shockwaves through a specially designed hand piece that produces strong energy pulses for short periods of time. The shockwave energy pulses are applied directly to the affected tissue areas in controlled procedure.

How Long Does Treatment Last?
Treatment sessions are short (10-20 minutes depending on the disorder that is treated) and mildly uncomfortable. You may need minimum of 2-3 sessions before you start experiencing any difference.
Shockwave therapy works without the use of drugs or medication. It stimulates the natural self-healing processes of the body. There is usually an immediate reduction of pain and better movement. Shockwave may also eliminate your need for a cortisone shot or surgery.

Does it hurt?
It can be uncomfortable. Different patients have different tolerances, but it is usually well-tolerated. When you leave you will most likely be pain-free, but there may be a throbbing pain later. (24-48 hrs.) Decrease physical activity for 48 hrs. We want an inflammatory response so refrain from using ice or anti-inflammatory meds. Tylenol is acceptable.

Is it covered by my medical plan?
You will be issued a receipt for the respective practitioner that is completing the therapy. If you have benefits for that extended health care provider it should be covered, but always check with your extended health care provider.
Act Physiotherapy and Health Services, offers shockwave therapy may be a part of treatment plan. Ask your healthcare practitioner for more information on shockwave therapy.

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