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Shockwave Therapy – Non-Surgical Treatment of Soft Tissue, Bone, Heel and Joint Pain

What is Radial Shockwave Therapy & How Does It Work

Shockwave Therapy for Heel Spurs, Planter Fascitis, Rotator Cuff SyndromeShockwave Therapy is a revolutionary new technology which provides non-surgical treatment for many conditions that historically could only be resolved through surgical intervention.

Shockwave Therapy promotes healing of degenerated or injured tissue leading to reduced pain and an increase in joint function.

Shockwave Therapy is clinically proven to be effective in resolving and treating a wide variety of medical conditions, improving the quality of your life. Shockwaves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers, particularly in cases where the body has been unable to do it on its’ own. It stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation which enables damaged tissue to regenerate and eventually heal.

The practitioner, will apply shockwaves through a specially designed hand piece that produces strong energy pulses for short periods of time. The shockwave energy pulses are applied directly to the affected tissue areas in a controlled procedure.

Shockwaves have a mechanical effect on the tissue. Pressure in front of the shockwave is transmitted into the tissue, creating microcavitation bubbles that expand and burst in a resultant force.  This force penetrates tissue and stimulates cells in the body which are responsible for bone(osteoblasts) and connective tissue(fibroblast) healing.

Precautions/Contra-indications to Shockwave

You may not qualify for Radial Shockwave if you have any of the following. Caution may be required. It is very important that we know if you have any of the following before considering undergoing Radial Shockwave Treatment:

  • Cortisone injection within the last 6 weeks
  • Bleeding disorder (eg. Von Willebrand disease, haemophilia, etc.)
  • Blood thinning medications (eg. Heparin, Warfarin, Coumadin)
  • Heart or circulatory problems (eg. Pacemaker)
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Blood or nerve supplies too close to affected area
  • Open wound over the site to be treated
  • Poorly localized or non palpable area of pain
  • Inflammation or Infection at the site of treatment (signs include redness, swelling, fever, etc)
  • Cognitive difficulties (unable to follow directions or; Alzheimer’s disease, senile demential, etc)

What to Expect During Treatment?

Treatment is usually measured in the amount of shocks applied. 2000-3000 shocks are usually required per injury location. Normally 5 sessions are necessary. In some incidences, additional sessions may be required for chronic conditions. Treatment is slightly uncomfortable and may cause some pain, but it is normally tolerable.

What to Expect After Treatment?

Shockwave Therapy, Burnaby BCMany clients experience a decrease or complete absence of pain immediately after treatment. Bruising, swelling, and on rare occasions, skin breakdown may occur. There may be some soreness 1-2 hours afterwards due to an inflammatory response of the body to the shockwave. This is NORMAL and is your body’s way of healing itself and regenerating the targeted tissue. This discomfort usually subsides after 1-2 days

Research has shown that shockwave breaks down calcium deposits.

After 2-3 sessions, over 80% of patients report a significant reduction in pain.

* 90% improvement for plantar fasciitis
(Journal of Orthopaedics Research 2005)

* 91% improvment for tendinonitis
(Journal of America Medical Association 2003)

* 77% improvement for tennis elbow
(Journal of Orthopaedics 2005)

Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular those involving areas where major connective tissue attaches to bone.

Treatable Conditions 

  1. Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs
  2. Achilles Tendonopathy
  3. Tennis or Golfers Elbow
  4. Jumpers Knee
  5. Hamstrings
  6. Stress Fractures
  7. Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  8. Bursitis
  9. Trigger Point Therapy
  10. Non Healing Ulcers
  11. Non Unions
  12. Mortons Neuroma
  13. Scar Tissue Treatment
  14. Hallux Rigidus
  15. Shin Pain/Tibial stress syndrome

Shockwave Therapy sessions takes up to 10 minutes depending on the disorder that is being treated. In general, 3-5 sessions are necessary at weekly intervals (some chronic conditions may require more sessions).

Here is what one of our clients had to say about their experience with Shockwave Therapy.

100% Pain Free after 5 Shockwave Therapy Treatments

I suffered from shoulder and upper arm pain in both arms for 2 years. Other treatments weren’t working and my medical doctor suggested surgery as the only alternative. My rotator cuffs were worn out from overuse, with a lot of scar tissue. Wait time would be 2 years or more. This was not an option for me.

“I received 5 shockwave therapy treatments from Dr. Kaila and immediately after the first treatment I had less pain in my shoulders and arms. After the second treatment I was 30% pain free. I was able to sleep on my side without waking up from pain. After my fifth treatment I can happily say I am 100% pain free. I was a skeptic but am now a believer.”       Evelyn J

Most Extended Health Care Providers will cover all or a portion of  treatment .

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