Shockwave therapy is gaining popularity in the world of physiotherapy and rehabilitative medicine in recent years. This form of treatment is widely used in orthopedics, cardiology, physical therapy, and urology. The shockwaves used are a short series of high amplitude mechanical energy pulses, produced by electromagnetic coil or spark in water.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a type of non-surgical procedure that targets and treats tendon, joint, and muscle conditions like:
- Chronic knee tendinitis
- Shoulder rotator cuff pain
- Achilles tendinitis
- Hamstring tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Hamstring tears
- Chronic neck pain
- Chronic back pain
- Muscle tightness
- Stress fracture
- Tennis elbow
- Jumper’s knee
- Scar tissue
The shock waves carry energy impulses to damaged tissue and boost blood flow in the affected area to stimulate regeneration and healing of the cells.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
An injury is often associated with chronic pain and could affect the quality of a person’s life by preventing him from performing usual activities. Shockwave therapy is a modern physiotherapy method that helps treat joint pain and injured soft tissues quickly.
- Proven Effective – Independent studies proved shockwave therapy to be a highly effective treatment for various health conditions related to damaged bone and muscle tissues. Patients undergoing shockwave therapy have a 60 to 90 percent chance of healing their injury.
- Boost Collagen Production – Collagen is one of the body’s building blocks needed to heal an injury. Shockwave therapy aids in increasing collagen production. Using the energy pulses, tissue fibres can more easily form longitudinal structures within the tendons or ligaments. Injured or weakened areas are treated by strengthening the tissues.
- Breaks up Calcification – Trauma to the tendons can generate calcified fibroblasts in the injured area. Calcified fibroblasts cause chronic pain which decreases mobility. Using shockwave pulses, calcification is cleared from the damaged area after being broken into small particles that are easily absorbed by the body. This reduces pain and restores function.
- Non-Invasive – Shockwave therapy is a strong option for patients who want to avoid surgery, prescription medication, and possible side effects.
If you have a specific condition and are considering shockwave therapy, please call Oriole Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre at (416) 221-0772 and talk with our qualified and caring physiotherapists.