What Is Shockwave Therapy?



Shockwave therapy (SWT) is one of the therapeutic modalities used in a rehabilitation setting. SWT delivers both soundwaves and mechanical force to the injured tissues, via a shockwave machine. SWT is shown to be beneficial in various tendon pathologies such as plantar fasciitis, elbow tendinopathy, Achilles’ tendinopathy and rotator cuff tendinopathy.


Researchers believe that the shockwave that is delivered to the body can induce neovascularisation and release growth factors, which improves blood supply and cell proliferation, and ultimately promote tissue repair and regeneration. SWT also works by increasing patient’s pain tolerance above their existing pain and decrease the formation of tissue adhesions.


What you can expect during SWT?

Typically, shockwave therapy requires 3-5 consecutive, weekly treatment sessions to maximize its benefits. During treatment, your therapist will palpate the site of pain, put some ultrasound gel on the area, and deliver shockwave via the shockwave head. There might be some soreness during and after the treatment but be aware that that is totally normal.


Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and low-cost treatment option for individuals with chronic tendinopathy. Do you know our clinic provides shockwave therapy? Contact us at 905-771-8882 to book an appointment!


Reference: Dedes, V., Stergioulas, A., Kipreos, G., Dede, A. M., Mitseas, A., & Panoutsopoulos, G. I. (2018). Effectiveness and safety of shockwave therapy in tendinopathies. Materia socio-medica, 30(2), 131.

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