In the past years, shockwave therapy is becoming increasingly popular as many patients are able to see quick results with just a few treatments and no side effects.
In effect, a shockwave is a transient pressure disturbance that propagates rapidly in three-dimensional space. As a non-surgical modality used to treat localized musculoskeletal pain, Shockwave therapy uses acoustic waves generated at a high frequency and a high pressure, using compressed air.
Shockwave therapy transmits these waves to muscles, tendons and ligaments through the sound head. Once these waves are transmitted into the tissues, a localized inflammatory response is created. Resulting in an increased blood flow to the area that is treated which helps encourage healing. Shockwave therapy can also break up scar tissue and adhesions.
Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. As a non-surgical therapy, it does not have any need for painkillers making it ideal to speed up recovery and treat various conditions causing fast pain relief and mobility restoration from acute or chronic pain.
Shockwave Therapy treats many conditions and injuries:
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat many conditions but one of the most common conditions that are treated with shockwave therapy are tendinopathies.
Tendinopathy occurs in a muscle tendon, which attaches muscle to bone. Tendinopathy occurs with the overuse of a certain muscle causing degeneration and microscopic tearing of the tendon over time. This can cause pain and limit someone’s function.
Some examples of common tendinopathies that are seen are Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, patellar tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
Shockwave therapy can be used to promote healing and break up scar tissue build-up for people suffering from any of these conditions.
Highly endorsed by Physiotherapists and Chiropractors
Many Physiotherapists and Chiropractors concur that with Shockwave Therapy, they are seeing quicker improvements in symptom relief, reducing pain faster so clinicians can begin working on functional goals even quicker.
There’s growing evidence on shockwave as an effective modality for many conditions. It’s a safe, non-invasive treatment that can benefit a wide range of conditions, such as tendon injuries, golfer’s and tennis elbow, chronic heel pain, chronic ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, trigger finger, muscle pain, tendon and ligament injuries, back pain and neck pain. What’s more, patients report successful outcomes in as little as 3 to 6 treatment sessions.
The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave treatment has been proved to significantly induce the in-growth of neovascularization associated with increased expressions of angiogenic growth indicators in tendon and bone, and at the tendon-bone interface as compared with the control.
The biological mechanism of musculoskeletal shockwaves appeared to stimulate the expressions of angiogenic growth factors and induce the in-growth of neovascularization. Neovascularization may play a role in the improvement of blood supply and healing of tendon and bone.
Highly Effective and Proven Treatment for Athletes.
Especially for athletes shockwave therapy is highly effective and widely proven. It is an acoustic wave that carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
Why Athletes Value Its Benefits
- Chronic Inflammation Reversal: Mast cells are one of the key components of the inflammatory process. The activity is increased by using pervasive acoustic waves.
- Collagen Production Simulation: The production of a sufficient amount of collagen is a necessary precondition for the repair processes of the damaged myoskeletal and ligamentous structures. Shockwave therapy accelerates procollagen synthesis.
- Calcified Fibroblasts Dissolution: Calcium build-up is the result of micro-tears or other trauma to a tendon. Acoustic waves break up the existing calcifications.
- “Substance P” Dispersion of Pain Mediator: Substance P is a neurotransmitter that mediates pain information through the C-fibers. This neuropeptide is generally associated with intense, persistent and chronic pain.
The Primary Trigger Points
Trigger points are the principal cause of pain in the back, neck, shoulder and limbs. Shockwave therapy when delivered unblocks the calcium pump and thus reverses the metabolic crisis in the myofilaments and releases the trigger points.
Ideal For Three Common Sports Injuries
Athletes who train hard for their next rigorous game also need to recover from the trauma and stress their bodies go through regularly. To rehabilitate, there is one thing for many of them that remains constant: the use of acoustic wave therapy, to ensure optimal health as well as peak performance
Three common sports injuries that shockwave therapy can help treat include:
Tendinopathies are typical diagnoses found among athletes’ knee problems. One of the most common conditions, patellar tendinopathy, can be dramatically improved by acoustic wave therapy treatment.
Lateral elbow pain such as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is one of the most common repetitive motion injuries today. In many recent studies, several observations reflected improvement with the use of AWT compared to placebo therapy.
Although originally developed to dissolve kidney stones, acoustic wave therapy has also been known to provide optimal relief when directed from outside the body onto the heel of the foot (sending sound waves into an athlete’s foot can stimulate the body’s healing process by over-stimulating nerves, reducing sensitivity and decreasing overall pain.
Typically the required treatment for athletes consists of momentary rest and rehab so they can get back with renewed vigor to the field to compete again.
Shockwave Therapy’s quick non-invasive treatment offers quick results with no side effects. Today doctors are finding this technology can also be beneficial for other human musculoskeletal conditions too.
In Toronto, trusted shockwave therapy treatment is just a phone call away.
St. Clair Physiotherapy Clinic ideally located at and offers effective shockwave therapy treatment to patients recovering from pain and injuries.