What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) are interchangeable terms that have emerged as one of the treatments that reliably makes tendon to bone or ligament to bone junction injuries heal. Shockwave therapy consists of high-energy acoustic waves that non-surgically penetrate the soft tissues, targeting damaged areas, stimulating new blood vessel growth and regeneration in bones, tendons and ligaments.

​Often shockwaves are known as a natural phenomenon occurring in nature when lightning strikes or a plane exceeds the speed of sound. However, in medicine, it has been used to break up kidney stones without the need for surgery for 40 years. Over 25 years ago, shockwave was discovered to assist in cellular healing in bone, tendon, ligament, and other tissues to regenerate and finish healing in even the oldest of chronic injuries.

Until then, injuries like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, hip bursitis, shin splints, stress fractures, calcific tendonitis deposits and others were often difficult to treat or impossible to heal. Shockwave therapy has now provided a viable and reliable treatment option for those suffering with chronic injuries. However, compliance with treatment and rehabilitation recommendations are important factors in achieving optimal results.

If you have the following symptoms, Shockwave physiotherapy can help…

  • Are you afraid of trying new sports due to pain?
  • Avoiding participating in social activities in fear of re-injury?
  • Saying no to adventures?
  • Regretting not seeing someone sooner for your pain?
  • Missing out on your personal goals?

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At Market Mall Physiotherapy Calgary NW, your health is our number one priority so we’ve redesigned our clinic and safety protocols to keep you and our team safe.​

  • Appointments required
  • Masks required
  • Staff wears masks
  • Staff gets temperature checks
  • Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits

Common Injuries and Conditions Successfully Treated With Shockwave Therapy

  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • IT Band Friction Syndrome
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Heel Spurs
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Ankle Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patellar Tendinopathy
  • Calcific deposits In Tendons​
  • Scar Tissue
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Bursitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Shin Splints
  • Tendon Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Patello Femoral Pain Syndrome
  • Osgoode-Schlatter’s Disease
  • All Tendonopathies
  • Heterotopic Ossification
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Groin Strains
  • Hip Pain
  • Nerve disorder

Will Shockwave Therapy Help Me?

​You may benefit from a registered physiotherapist administering shockwave treatment if you suffer from any of the following issues​:

Chronic Pain

Previous injury or injuries that constantly flare up when you try to pursue new activities.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Unrelenting neck pain from working at your desk? Wrist or shoulder pain from performing the same movements at your day job over and over again?

Tendonitis

Tendons that inflammed due to an acute injury or prone to injury from an overuse activity.

Plantar Fasciitis

Foot pain that is characterized by its symptoms being the worst in the morning with the first few steps.

Calcific Tendinopathy

Occurs when there is a dysfunction in the tendon in which calcium is then deposited. Movement is often limited and extremely painful with this condition.

Bursitis

A fluid-filled sac that is meant to reduce friction in the body is undergoing a painful inflammatory response.

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Online Treatment Also Available

Although Video Consultations aren’t a new service, it may be new to you. And you may have some concerns or questions that need to be answered before you start treatment. Consider our no charge video consult where you will get all of your questions answered by a registered physiotherapist.

5 Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy can provide the following benefits and help you reach your goals – pain free!​

Increased Blood Flow

Shockwave Therapy treatment encourages new growth and development of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. These capillaries bring nutrients and cells to the target tissue to promote growth and healing.

Decrease Pain

The intensity of shockwave therapy can interrupt the signal of pain to the brain. This is known as the Gate Control Theory. Stopping the communication of pain to the brain can help reduce the inflammatory cycle.

Stimulates Tissue Growth

Shockwave Therapy can stimulate cellular activity, which in turn, can stimulate tissue growth within tendons, muscle and bone.

Non-Invasive

Shockwave Therapy is a great treatment tool to boost your current treatment regime and is very safe and effective for your injury. The treatment is applied to the target tissue but does not go through or past the skin.

Affordable

Shockwave Therapy often costs less than a full physiotherapy treatment. Shockwave therapy provides ample stimuli to the tissue to promote growth and healing with less time and cost required than that of a full physiotherapy session.

Frequently Asked Questions About Shockwave Treatment

The actual delivery of the Shockwave treatment is very quick. You will receive anywhere between 2000-4000 bursts in a typical session, depending on the condition and area of injury. This delivery would generally take anywhere between 5-10 minutes total. However, your practitioner will most likely want to use a few other treatment techniques after the Shockwave in order to make the treatment session even more effective.

​Approaches may include:

  • Hands on manual therapy
  • Exercise to strengthen or release
  • Education
  • Acupuncture
  • Specific movement retraining
  • Posture retraining
  • Coaching for return to exercise
  • Strategies for pain or symptom management
  • Massage therapy (deep tissue massage, relaxation massage)
  • Soft tissue technique

The energy bursts delivered through the Shockwave machine are generally uncomfortable, but manageable. While this might seem intimidating, the benefits of the treatment significantly outweigh the temporary discomfort associated with the treatment. The Shockwave machine causes some local inflammation, however this will generate more blood flow to the region and help with the healing process.

The treating provider will need to assess the injury in order to determine the appropriate number of sessions are required. However, a registered Physiotherapist can recommend anywhere between 3 to 12 sessions.

Market Mall Physiotherapy Calgary NW

  • 4935 40 Ave NW #328,
  • Calgary, AB T3A 2N1, Canada