Conditions that are successfully treated with Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions especially in regions where soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments connect to bone. Some of these include:
Rotator cuff tendinopathies
ITB friction syndrome
Most common regions treated
One of the most common regions treated with shockwave therapy is the foot due to the strong support for its use in research studies. Some conditions in the foot that respond very well to shockwave include:
Plantar Fasciitis or Plantar Fasciosis
Achilles Tendinosis – particularly at the insertion
Peroneal tendinosis or Peroneal tendinitis
Tibialis posterior tendinosis or Tibialis posterior tendinitis
1st metatarsal osteoarthritis
Stress Fractures in the bones of the foot
What should I expect when I am receiving Shockwave Therapy?
If you are a good candidate for shockwave therapy, your physiotherapist or chiropractic doctor will let you know. Typically, you will require 3-5 treatments of shockwave and your sessions are generally scheduled one week apart.
You may require additional sessions if your health provider needs more one-on-one time with you to work out any joint or soft tissue restrictions and/or to progress your movement training exercises. Most people will notice the benefits of shockwave therapy right away (even right after the first session).
Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?
Shockwave therapy can be mildly painful for some however most patients are able to tolerate the discomfort well. Your therapist can adjust the intensity of the energy so that it is comfortable for you and can ramp up intensity if you are able to tolerate more. This discomfort is during the application of shockwave, which only lasts 3-5 minutes.
The majority of patients will notice a great deal of relief right after the treatment. This is because there is a tendency for Shockwave treatment to subdue over-sensitive nerves. (If you have reduced sensation in your problem area we won’t apply Shockwave.) In some rare cases you may feel some soreness for approximately 24 hours after your session and you may have an inflammatory reaction which can include redness and local tissue swelling. As we are seeking to take chronic tissue back to a state equivalent to acute inflammation – to effectively ‘re-start’ the healing process – this would be considered normal. If you have any concerns you are encouraged to contact us.
Is Shockwave Therapy covered by Insurance?
Shockwave therapy is covered by health funds because our expert physiotherapists and chiropractors provide it as part of normal therapy. For more information please read our blog posts on shockwave therapy.
You can also contact us for more information about this service or to book your shockwave therapy session today!