Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound waves that interact with the tissues of the body to promote healing by breaking down scar tissue and calcium deposits, thus promoting the body’s natural healing process and formation of new blood vessels and improved blood flow to the area. Due to its fast healing ability, shockwave therapy is becoming extremely popular. It is a fast and effective was to heal calcific deposits on tendons, like for shoulder and rotator cuff tendons, for heel spurs and planter fasciitis, as well as Achilles tendonitis. It is the also proven to be very effective in treating chronic conditions such as muscular back pain.
Shockwave therapy is its own treatment for a lingering injury, or pain resulting from illness. You don’t need painkillers with it - the purpose of the therapy is to trigger the body’s own natural healing response. Many people report that their pain is reduced, and mobility improved after the first treatment
Shockwave can effectively treat the following
Shockwave, has shown to effectively treat the following conditions:
1. Back pain (chronic and acute muscular pain)
2. Neck pain
3. Heel pain (Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis)
4. Elbow pain (tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow)
5. Shoulder pain (frozen shoulder, bursitis, calcific tendonitis)
6. Upper leg- ITB friction syndrome
7. Knee pain (patellar tendonitis/jumper’s knee, bursitis, Osgood-Schlatter)
8. Hip pain (bursitis)
9. Strains and sprains (ex. Hamstring injuries)
10. Shin splints
11. Muscle aches and myofascial pain/trigger points
Some of the benefits of shockwave therapy treatment:
Shockwave therapy has excellent cost/effectiveness ratio
Non-invasive solution for chronic pain in your shoulder, back, heel, knee or elbow
No anesthesia required, no drugs
Limited side effects
Main fields of application: orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sport medicine
After the treatment, you may have temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days following the procedure, as the shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response. But this is the body healing itself naturally. So, it’s important not to take any anti-inflammatory medication after treatment, which may slow down the results. At Radiant Physiotherapy we will provide you with a home care program with proper after treatment instructions on how to care for your specific injury/condition.
Upon completion of your treatment you can return to most regular activities almost immediately.
Who should not have shockwave done?
Shockwave therapy should not be used if there is a circulation or nerve disorder, infection, bone tumor, or a metabolic bone condition. Shockwave therapy should also not be used if there are any open wounds or tumors or during pregnancy. People using blood-thinning medications or who have severe circulatory disorders may also not be eligible for treatment. Please call our office if you have any questions.
How Much Does a Shockwave Session Cost?
Our clinic prides itself in providing the absolute quality of care at some of the lowest prices. We only charge $60 for a Shockwave treatment which is among the lowest rates in North west Calgary.
You will be assessed by the physiotherapist at your first visit to confirm that you are an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy. The physio will ensure you are educated about your condition and what you can do in conjunction with treatment - activity modification, specific exercises, assessing any other contributing issues such as posture, tightness/weakness of other muscle groups etc.
Shockwave treatment is usually done once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on results. The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only last 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep it comfortable.
We ask you don’t take any anti-inflammatory medications following the treatments with Shockwave or use any ice or heat. This slows down the body’s natural healing response after treatment. Your physiotherapist at Radiant physiotherapy will give you instructions following your treatment.
Is Shockwave Safe?
Research shows that Shockwave is very safe. Some patients may experience some minor discomfort for a day or two after treatment, though most of our patients feel better immediately after.
Why Choose Us for Your Shockwave Therapy?
At Radiant Physiotherapy we believe you should be treated with the best modality possible. We believe in providing our patients with the absolute best quality of care which is why we chose an Enraf endoplus 811 brand shockwave therapy machine. Enraf pioneered the field of shockwave medicine and as their technology developed as this machine has a new technology and does not use a compressor. While there are many good machines out there, none come anywhere close to the quality of a Enraf endoplus unit. This is why we at Radiant physiotherapy have chosen this brand shockwave instead of competitor models. It is widely used in many researches and is highly effective.
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