Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Radial Shockwave Therapy uses intense but brief soundwaves as a non-surgical approach to treat chronic and often hard to treat musculoskeletal problems including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Tennis and Golfers Elbow (Epicondylitis)
- Calcific Tendonitis of the Shoulder
- Muscle trigger points
Shockwave therapy should be considered if you have one of these problems and have failed conservative treatments.
How does Shockwave Therapy Work
Our Shockwave machine produces brief focussed high-energy sound waves that are directed to the areas that are affected. There is no electricity or electrical shock produced. The physical waves produced cause changes to the cells in your body to break down scarred, thickened, and calcified tissue and allows your body to heal itself.
Who is appropriate for Shockwave Therapy
This type of treatment is intended for people who have not responded to standard conservative treatments. Most people have had the problem for at least 3 months and have typically been diagnosed by your health care provider as having one of the treatable conditions that Shockwave Therapy can treat.
Who is not appropriate for Shockwave Therapy
You might not be the best candidate for Shockwave Therapy if:
- your bones are not fully formed and the treatment area is near a growth plate
- you are diabetic, have cancer, are pregnant or have compromised circulation and sensation
- you are taking blood thinners or anticoagulants
- have had a cortisone injection in the area in the past 6 weeks
- have a pacemaker and some heart conditions (implants)
- have any present infection
What to Expect
Appropriate diagnosis is the key to success. On your first visits we will take a detailed history and assessment to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate. It is important to fully understand your problem to ensure that we are treating you correctly.
The actual shockwave treatment doesn't take too long, usually less than 15 minutes for the actual shockwave application. We will identify the key areas that need to be treated and use a series of quick compressions at a defined frequency and power for your problem. After the treatment you will be provided with a sheet of instructions of what to do after your treatment and any exercises and stretches will be demonstrated. You may have to limit some heavy activities such as sports or aggressive activity to help your body heal to it's fullest potential. Your physiotherapist will ensure that you know all that you need to know before you leave.
Is it painful?
Different people will describe the treatment in different ways. Generally, the treatment can initially be uncomfortable because of the necessary tissue damage and inflammation that results from the application of the shock waves. The level of discomfort will depend on your pain tolerance and the tenderness of your condition. A throbbing, aching type pain is often felt a few hours after the treatment and can some times last for 24-48 hours.
How many treatments do I need?
The latest research shows that most people need 3 to 4 treatments spaced about a week apart to have resolution of their symptoms. Many people report pain relief after the first or second treatment and find that they keep feeling better after that.