What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy (SWT) is a device that can be used by physiotherapists, chiropractors, and sports medicine physicians. It is a type of treatment modality that involves sending an acoustic wave pulse, in the form of high energy, towards the affected area of soft tissue or bone. This energy promotes regeneration and reparation of the area, and helps facilitate the natural healing process of the body.
How can shockwave therapy help your injury?
Promotes blood flow which supports healing of the injured tissue (through blood vessel formation)
Stimulation of collagen production which supports newly formed tendon fibers in recovery
Breakdown of calcium build-up that may result from micro-tear or other trauma to tendon
Release of trigger points that may contribute to pain in the neck, back, shoulders, and limbs
Reduces stimulation of pain nerve receptors resulting in improved pain relief
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries including:
Tennis Elbow // Plantar Fasciitis // Rotator Cuff injuries // Tendinitis // Jumper’s Knee // Achilles Tendinopathy // Heel Spurs // Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder // Insertional Pain // Gluteus and Hip Tendinopathies
What does shockwave therapy feel like?
Shockwave therapy usually lasts for a couple minutes, and is often used in conjunction with other treatment. Your healthcare professional will determine if you are a suitable candidate for SWT upon your initial assessment. An individual’s response to SWT is unique, but the current literature suggests around 3-5 visits, separated by one week (or about 5-10 days apart) depending on a patient’s tolerance and their tissue response.