What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is revolutionary new technology which provides non-surgical treatment for many conditions that historically could only be resolved through surgical intervention.

Shockwave Therapy promotes healing of degenerated or injured tissue leading to reduced pain and an increase in joint function.

“Until taking shockwave therapy I was in denial and kept trying to play tennis without moving much.  Pathetic.  I’ve had 3 sessions of five – minute Shockwave therapy and now it’s only age and geriatric deterioration that slows down my running game, not the curse of plantar fasciitis”

Peter Worthington
Toronto Sun

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SWT is clinically proven to be effective in resolving and treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular those involving areas where major connective tissue ataches to bone.  Common areas that can be successfully treated are:

  • Foot – plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
  • Knee – patellar tendonitis and shin splints (tibialis anterior muscle strain).
  • Elbow – tennis or golfers elbow.
  • Shoulder – rotator cuff tendinitis and calcific tendonitis
  • Hip – trochanteric bursitis.
  • Muscles – various trigger points throughout the body.

What Are The Advantages of SWT?

SWT is a recent development that is used successfully by health care providers that specialize in musculoskeletal disorders.  As compared to other treatment methods, the advantages are:

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

How Does SWT Work?

SWT accelerates the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms, particularly in cases where the body has been unsuccessful in the past.  It stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation which enable damaged tissue to regenerate and eventually heal.

Your health care practitioner 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 a controlled procedure.

What Are The Success Rates?

After 3-5 sessions, over 80% of the patients report a significant reduction in pain.

  • 90% improvement for Plantar Fasciitis – Journal of Orthopaedics Research 2005.
  • 91% improvement for Calcific Tendonitis – Journal of American Medical Association 2003.
  • 77% improvement for Tennis Elbow – Journal of Orthopaedics 2005.

How Long Does Treatment Last?

Each therapy session takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes depending on the disorder that is being treated.  In general 3 – 5 sessions are necessary at weekly intervals (usually 1 visit per week).

Give us a call and speak to one of our staff members to see if your condition can be treated by Shockwave Therapy and book your treatment sessions today!

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