Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy creates pressure waves that penetrate the tissue and reduce pain by inhibiting the transmission of pain signals. It also increases cell metabolism and promotes the release of pain and inflammatory inhibiting substances to result in accelerated tissue healing. Revascularization of the area occurs with new blood flow promoting tissue healing and regeneration. The acoustic energy created by Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment method for long-term tendon injuries with very few side effects.

Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave Therapy

What conditions can be treated in Shockwave Therapy Center Ottawa?

Shockwave works well for any insertional tendinopathy where soft tissue attaches to the bone. It also works well on trigger points and muscle tension. At KineticEdgeHG, Common conditions include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • medial/lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s/tennis elbow)
  • shin splints
  • frozen shoulder
  • muscle tears
  • Achilles tendonitis/tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendon injuries (jumpers/runners knee)
  • muscle tension/trigger points

What is the success rate?

  • 84% of patients with insertional achilles tendinosis had significant improvement after 3 treatments.
    – Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery 2011; 50
  • 80% of professional athletes with chronic hamstring tendinopathy returned to their pre-injury activity by 9 weeks.
    – Am J. Sport Med 2011; 39
  • 75% of patients with patellar tendinopathy had significant improvement with 3 treatments.
    – Knee Surg. Sports Traumatol 2013
  • 75% of patients with Osgood Schlatters were pain free following treatment.
    -Sportverletz Sportschaden 2012 Dec; 26
Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave Therapy

How long is the treatment and how often do I need to be seen?

After the initial assessment, each follow up visit is 15 min. It is recommended you come in for 3-5 treatments separated by 5-7 days each.

Is it painful?

It can be uncomfortable at times as it is applied directly to the injured area. However, it is usually well tolerated. The injured area will normally feel better after a treatment and then may become sore 24-48 hours post treatment. The soreness should dissipate over the following 24-48 hours and before your next treatment.