Shockwave therapy is a new non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal system chronic injuries. Highly effective in treating common injuries such as plantar fasciitis, jumper’s knee, hamstring pain, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, back pain, and much more.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy uses high-energy sound pulses to stimulate healing in damaged tissue. Despite how it might sound. Shockwave does not deliver electric shocks. Current research has shown shockwave therapy to be an effective treatment for injuries such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis but there is reason to believe it would be as effective on several other types of tendon pain.
How will Shockwave Therapy help you?
Shockwave therapy stimulates tissue in several ways. Research suggests several mechanisms of benefit including:
Stimulating cells to release chemicals that reduce inflammation.
Stimulating Cells to Induce Tissue Repair
Stimulating cells to induce tissue repair.
Mechanical Breakup of Scar Tissue
Mechanical breakup of scar tissue or calcification in injured tendons.
How many sessions of shockwave therapy
Shockwave treatments are generally performed once per week for 4-5 sessions and then your condition will be re-assessed by your practitioner. Many patients will notice significant improvements during that time but the benefits of the treatment may continue for months afterward. Your practitioner will help you determine what is appropriate for you.
MSK Physiotherapists or Chiropractors
How do I begin?
Book to see one of our MSK Physiotherapists or Chiropractors to start with a thorough history and exam and to determine if shockwave therapy may be right for you.
MSK Clinics Kitsilano
MSK Clinics Downtown
MSK Clinics Burnaby
Don’t stop there
Tendons heal slowly. Be patient and remember, while shockwave therapy can induce healing, your long-term success will require that you address what caused the tissue injury in the first place. Outcomes for tendon pain are better if treatment includes biomechanical correction as well as modification of exercise/work intensity. Your MSK Health and Performance practitioner should help you with all of these things.
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