What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy uses special waves of concussive energy to treat painful symptoms affecting the tendons and muscles, including acute and chronic tendinitis, inflammation of the tendon sheaths that can restrict tendon motion and cause significant pain and tenderness, as well as decreased range of motion. Compared to traditional therapy, shockwave therapy can offer speedier recovery and better long-term results (up to 75-80% long term relief). The most common applications of shockwave therapy include:
- shoulder pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- epicondylitis (tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow)
- patellar (knee) tendinitis
- heel spurs
- treatment of painful trigger points
How is shockwave therapy applied?
Once the treatment area has been identified with a history and physical examination and evaluation, the delivery device will be placed over the treatment area and shockwaves will be delivered through the skin for 4-10 minutes.
Will the shockwaves hurt?
Because the treatment site is already experiencing painful symptoms, you may experience some mild transient discomfort at the treatment site as the shockwaves release tension and stimulate circulation for greater healing of damaged tissues and inflammation.
How many treatments will I need?
Although some relief can be achieved after a single treatment in many patients, optimal effects typically require three and possibly four treatment sessions spaced one week apart. Maximum healing typically occurs within six to eight weeks. Between sessions at this Calgary Shockwave Clinic, you’ll be able to perform all your regular activities with no restrictions.