Shockwave Therapy

August 03, 2021 | Physiotherapy, Wellness, What's New

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, safe treatment for tendons and muscle dysfunctions. According to some clinical studies, shockwave therapy has an improvement rate of 91% for numerous conditions. 

How does it work? 

Shockwave Therapy involves creating a series of low-energy acoustic wave pulsations that are applied using a gel to the area of injury. The purpose of this therapy is to trigger the body’s natural healing response. It creates a local inflammatory response that accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating cell’s metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.  

Are there any side effects? 

During a Shockwave treatment, you may experience some discomfort, but the intensity of the machine can be adjusted accordingly to keep you comfortable. Following treatment, and for the ensuing 24 hours some patients experience temporary soreness, tenderness, or swelling. However, it is perfectly safe to return to most of your regular activities following treatment. 

How many treatments will I need?

The exact number of sessions will depend entirely on the nature of the injury and on the individual. Shockwave therapy has a cumulative effect, meaning that more than one treatment is typically needed to maintain the relief. Some individuals will respond well to the first few treatments and others may need more sessions. Usually, we notice a difference within 3 to 5 sessions. 

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Am I a good candidate for Shockwave? 

Shockwave Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of common injuries such as frozen shoulder, jumper’s knee, hamstring pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, myofascial trigger points, hallux rigidus, heel spurs, and more. 

Our physiotherapists at the clinic will conduct an initial assessment to determine if Shockwave would be beneficial to your treatment and to determine if you are a good candidate. They can then administer the treatment which is quick and typically lasts approximately five minutes. 

If you are interested to know more about Shockwave Therapy, we are currently offering it at our Byward location. You can contact us to book a consultation with one of our physiotherapists or to inquire more about it. Most individuals seeking services at CURAVITA are able to see a physiotherapist for a consultation and assessment on the same day or the day after.