Shockwave therapy is its own treatment for a lingering injury, or pain resulting from illness.

What is shockwave Therapy ?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin via a gel medium. The concept and technology originally evolved from the discovery that focused sound waves were capable of breaking down kidney and gallstones. Generated shockwaves have proven successful in a number of scientific studies for the treatment of chronic conditions. 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.

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

-New research shows that it can have a positive affect on acute pain

After the treatment, you may experience 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.

Upon completion of your treatment you can return to most regular activities almost immediately.

Are there any side effects?

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 pregnant. People using blood-thinning medications or who have severe circulatory disorders may also not be eligible for treatment.

What does shock wave therapy do?

Shock wave therapy is thought to work by inducing microtrauma to the tissue that is affected by these problems. This microtrauma initiates a healing response by the body. The healing response causes blood vessel formation and increased delivery of nutrients to the affected area.

Shockwave therapy has shown to effectively treat the following conditions:

Feet - heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis

Elbow – tennis and golfers elbow

Shoulder - calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles

Knee - patellar tendonitis

Hip – bursitis

Lower leg - shin splints

Upper leg - Iliotibial band friction syndrome

Back pain - lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain

How often can you have shockwave therapy?

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.

Is shockwave and ultrasound the same thing?

Shock waves are single, mainly positive pressure pulses that are followed by comparatively small tensile wave components. Ultrasound applies an alternating high frequency load to the tissue, with a frequency range of several megahertz, thus leading to heating, tissue tears and cavitation at high amplitudes.