What is Shockwave?
How does Shockwave therapy work? Simply put, Shockwave is a treatment method using high energy sound waves. These waves are introduced deep into the body for short periods of time triggering the cells that are responsible for healing. The results of this treatment are an accelerated healing of tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones which, in turn, results in lasting pain relief. Pain is felt from injury, inflammation or chronic conditions. High energy pulses are applied to the affected area for short periods of time. These energy pulses create bubbles that expand and burst deep inside the body, triggering the cells in the body responsible for healing. The result is effective healing of chronic conditions when the body has not been able to heal itself on its own.
What Are the Benefits of Shockwave Treatment?
No Side Effects
Ease of Use
Covered by Most Insurance Companies
What to Expect in a Treatment
5 to 10 minutes.
The treatment area is located, by gentle pressing.
Gel is applied to the located area in order to transfer the acoustic waves effectively.
The applicator is gently pushed against the area to be treated and treatment begins.
Treat the Condition, Eliminate Pain, Restore Mobility.
What Does it Treat? Below are a sample of conditions Shockwave therapy has successfully treated.
TENDINOPATHIES: Also known as tendinitis or tendinosis, is a type of tendon disorder that results in pain, swelling, and impaired function.
HAMSTRINGS: An excessive stretch or tear of muscle fibers and related tissues.
TRIGGER POINTS: They form as a local contraction in a muscle bundle. These, in turn, can pull on tendons and ligaments associated with the muscle and can cause pain.
BURSITIS: A painful condition that affects the joints. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as a cushion between bones, tendons, joints, and muscles. When these sacs become inflamed it is called bursitis.
HALLUX RIGIDUS: A disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. It causes pain and stiffness in the joint, and with time, it gets increasingly harder to bend the toe.
NON-HEALING ULCERS: Sores that are slow to heal or keep returning and that do not improve after four weeks or do not heal in eight weeks.
SCAR TISSUE: An area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury.
JUMPERS KNEE: A chronic reaction to overuse or an injury to the patellar tendon, which joins the bottom of the kneecap or patella to the shin bone.
NON UNIONS: A serious complication of a fracture and may occur when the fracture moves too much, has a poor blood supply or gets infected.
SHOULDER PAIN: Can be a result of injury or disease of the shoulder joint. Injury can affect any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the shoulder joint.
TENNIS ELBOW: A condition in which the outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender. It is due to excessive use of the muscles of the back of the forearm.
PLANTAR FASCIITIS: The most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes.
HEAL SPUR: A calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone.
SHIN SPLINTS: Acute pain in the shin and lower leg caused by prolonged running, typically on hard surfaces.
STRESS FRACTURES: A fracture of a bone caused by repeated, rather than sudden mechanical stress.
It Works When Other Methods Fail
Pain limits us. It can hinder us from doing and enjoying the things we used to. Chronic conditions/pain take their toll emotionally and can impact a person's entire life. Shockwave therapy is quickly becoming the most popular treatment for many, simply because it works when other methods fail. The clinical results of Shockwave therapy are astounding with an over 90% success rate. The therapy eliminates pain and restores mobility, improving the quality of life.
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A PAINFUL CONDITION, COME IN FOR A CONSULTATION. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT YOU WILL FEEL RELIEF AFTER YOUR VERY FIRST TREATMENT. GET BACK TO THE THINGS YOU ENJOY.
Dr. Rubina Kurji is the owner of Urban Chiropractic in Downtown Vancouver. To schedule an appointment, she can be contacted at 604 714-1141, or by email email@example.com.