Shockwave therapy is a new non-invasive solution for chronic musculoskeletal pain. The most common indications for shockwave therapy include painful shoulder/rotator cuff syndrome, epicondylitis (tennis/golfer’s elbow), low back pain, achilles tendon pain (tendinopathy, enthesopathy, calcific tendinopathy), plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and trigger points. Shockwave will not remove or break up bone spurs that are attached to bone, but it can help break up calcifications within soft tissues.
During the treatment, a probe is placed in contact with the skin and a metal projectile is repeatedly accelerated towards the target area creating a vibratory sensation. A high energy sound wave interacts with the tissues of the body. This leads to a cascade of beneficial effects including increased blood flow, break down of scar tissue adhesions, new blood vessel development, and increased collagen production.
Together, these effects create a healing environment targeted towards breaking the cycle of chronic pain and inflammation. As the injured area is returned to normal, functionality is restored and pain is relieved. A course of 3-5 sessions is typically recommended, however, this varies on a case by case basis. Shockwave therapy is typically incorporated alongside a therapeutic exercise program in order to maximize recovery. Shockwave therapy is typically a standalone treatment. It is not usually done alongside other interventions to the same body part at the same time (IMS, dry needling, manual therapy etc.)
Rep Physio is pleased to offer shockwave therapy in Edmonton. Your shockwave sessions will be completed only by a registered physiotherapist who has received special training in this approach. While shockwave therapy does help with a lot of common injuries, not everyone is necessarily a candidate for shockwave. Your therapist will discuss your suitability for shockwave with you on your initial assessment.