ABOUT SHOCKWAVE THERAPY
Shockwave therapy uses a device to relieve pain and restore mobility. It’s a multidisciplinary tool that’s used for physiotherapy as well as orthopedics. From treating shoulder injuries, elbow tendinopathies, and plantar fasciitis to alleviating chronic pain, shockwave therapy works by introducing a micro-trauma in the tissue to initiate a healing process that signals the delivery of necessary nutrients in the affected area. It’s primarily used for the effective treatment of acute and chronic pain.
CONDITIONS THAT CAN BE TREATED BY SHOCKWAVE THERAPY
A wide array of musculoskeletal problems is treated effectively using shockwave therapy. Some of them are:
- muscle pain
- knee pain
- lower back pain
- foot pain
- elbow pain
- neck pain
- heel pain
- ankle pain
Shockwave therapy has a high success rate as individuals have reported that their symptoms of pain have gone down by 80 percent. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the condition of the patient in terms of the severity of pain and the area of treatment.
The treatment doesn’t have many complications and is generally safe for most patients. However, a few individuals with certain medical conditions shouldn’t opt for this treatment. Pregnant women, hypersensitive individuals, patients with a history of cardiac problems, and those who suffer from seizures are advised to opt for another treatment to alleviate chronic pain.
Our team of professionals at the pain relief clinic in Calgary conducts an accurate diagnosis of patients to assess whether they’re fit for the treatment.
HOW DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY WORK?
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical therapy that uses an acoustic wave to carry high energy to myoskeletal tissues and painful areas in the body. This energy is used to enhance the regeneration of cells by initiating a reparative process in the tendons, soft tissues, and bones of our body.
The acoustic waves that interact with the tissue to improve muscle restoration are of two types—high energy and low energy. These two types of waves work by inducing a micro-trauma into the tissues in our body. The micro-trauma stimulates a repair process by taking advantage of the body’s nutrients. This, in turn, relives symptoms of pain effectively.
Low energy shockwave therapy is conducted over two to three sessions and ranges from being not painful to mildly painful. On the other hand, high energy shockwave therapy can be painful and general anesthesia is administered during the procedure.
Conditions that we treat are:
- Whiplash Injuries
- Soccer Injuries
- Running Injuries
- Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Repetitive Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis