Kelowna Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy offers a non-invasive and highly effective method to treat some of the most difficult soft tissue pathologies. Most patients will feel an immediate decrease in pain, improved mobility and best of all there is no downtime in-between treatments.

Some of the common pathologies treated with shockwave include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles & patellar tendinitis
  • Calcific tendinitis
  • Connective tissue pain and degeneration
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
  • Shoulder tendinopathies/rotator cuff pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Ligamentous sprain
  • Knee pain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Trigger points
  • Scars/adhesions where connective tissue meets bone

How it works?

The radial pressure waves are pneumatically generated pulses utilizing compressed air. This compressed air is used to drive a projectile in a cylinder inside the hand piece to a shock transmitter. The kinetic energy generated from the motion and weight of the projectile converts into acoustic energy (sound wave) when the projectile hits the shock transmitter. The acoustic pulses are then transmitted into the underlying tissue.

These high powered sound waves activate the bodies healing response by:

  • Breaking up calcium and scar tissue deposits
  • Increasing cellular metabolism
  • Enhance circulation by stimulating new blood vessel formation
  • Reducing/eliminating pain felt in local area
  • Reducing muscle tone

Frequently Asked Questions

Will shockwave therapy work for me?

Shockwave therapy is a modality which is successfully used by doctors, practitioners and physiotherapists in both sports medicine and rehabilitation. Today there is a library of medical literature suggesting the effectiveness of shockwave therapy for various conditions. Most patients with chronic pain problems have been through various unsuccessful types of treatments. Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on the indication. 3-5 sessions in total at 5-10 day intervals are the most common treatment frequency. An initial treatment success could be evaluated after 3-4 sessions, but additional improvement could be noted for 3 months.

Is it painful?

Patients may experience slight discomfort depending on the level of pain already being experienced by the injured tissue. Treatment intensity can be easily reduced to the patients tolerance upon request. Treatments generally only last about 5 minutes and is usually followed by noticeable pain reduction.

Are there any side effects?

Because shockwave therapy essentially induces microtrauma to activate the bodies healing response, there may be mild reddening, swelling and pain following the treatment. These symptoms will generally resolve within a few days.

Fun Fact

Shockwave therapy was originally developed as a non-invasive method to eliminate kidney stones. Accelerated tissue healing and bone density increases were discovered as a side effect in the treatment area.