SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

Overcome injury, achieve optimal performance and sustain wellness

How successful is the therapy?

After only 3 sessions, over 80% of patients report no pain or a significant reduction in pain. Some specific success rates in the current research literature include:

  • 91% improvement for calcific tendinopathy (Journal of American Medical Association, 2003)
  • 77% improvement for tennis elbow (The Journal of Orthopedics, 2005)
  • 90% improvement for plantar fasciitis (Journal of Orthopedic Research, 2005)
  • 80% improvement for non-union fractures (Clinical Orthopedics and related research, 2001)
  • 86% improvement for rotator cuff tendonitis (Journal of American Medical Association, 2003)
  • 75% improvement for Jumper's Knee (patellar tendonitis) - American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2007)
  • 75% improvement for Achilles tendinopathy (American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2007)

What are the benefits of this therapy?

  •  The most obvious benefits involve a return to a pain-free, healthy, pre-injury level of functioning - this most certainly includes chronic cases. Do you remember what it was like to be pain free?
  • Treatment success rates are often equal to or greater than surgery - without the risks and post-operative complications that surgery entails. Specifically, surgery has risks of infection, scarring, nerve damage and more. Further, many surgeries require an extended post-operative recovery period. Shockwave therapy does not have any of these risks or pitfalls
  • This therapy is not a "band-aid" solution. It is not intended to be a quick, temporary solution. Rather, it promotes complete healing.

 

Who can benefit from treatment?

Anyone looking for a safe, proven effective, non-surgical alternative for the treatment of tendon, muscle, ligament, capsular, and bony injuries. Bother athletes and non-athletes can benefit, often immensely, from treatment.



Who should not use this treatment?


This treatment is not recommended for pregnant women, hemophiliacs or other persons with abnormal blood coagulation. Also note that people on NSAIDs and other medication that may inhibit blood clotting and coagulation (such as Aspirin) must discontinue their use, as approved by their physician, one week prior to the treatments.
 


Does this therapy hurt?


Most do not have any discomfort with it. However, a minority may have some temporary mild to moderate discomfort.


What are the risks of therapy?


This technology has been used extensively in Europe (most prevalent in Germany where this technology originated) on millions of people and in recent years, large North American centres, with virtually no serious side-effects. The only side-effects reported are relatively rare, mild, and temporary. These may include mild aching, redness, tingling or bruising - though these have been reported in older, higher intensity equipment. (This higher intensity equipment involved the use of general aesthetics, and is being replaced by very effective, lower intensity units that require 3-5 sessions). 



What is the duration and frequency of therapy?


Clinical research indicates that 3-4 sessions, on average, are required for maximal effectiveness, at one-week intervals. Sessions generally take 10-20 minutes, depending on the condition being treated. 



How long will it take to notice benefits of treatment?


Benefits begin to be noticed after 1-2 treatments. However, clinical research has noted continued healing and improvement of symptoms up to 16 weeks post-treatment.



Do I need a referral to receive this therapy?

No. Although many of our patients come from referral from their family physician or orthopaedic specialist, you do not need a referral for this therapy. However, before receiving treatment, we will take a history and perform a thorough physical examination to determine if you are a candidate for shockwave therapy.