WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (or ESWT) is non-invasive treatment that uses shockwaves to promote accelerated recovery of injured tendons, soft tissue, bone, and joint injuries. High-intensity shockwave pulses are delivered by a hand-held transmitter that increases circulation and stimulates healing, helping damaged muscles and tendons to regenerate and heal.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The typical shockwave therapy treatment protocol involves 3-5 treatments at weekly intervals, however the number treatments required can vary depending how long you’ve had the injury and how severe it is. Out sports doctors or physiotherapists will assess your condition and provide you with an estimate of the recommended number of treatments required to effectively treat your condition, and prevent it from returning.
Many patients start to feel relief of their symptoms after the first treatment. After the treatment sessions are finished, the injured area continues to heal for 6 to 18 weeks, with maximal recovery occurring approximately 3 months after the treatment sessions end.
WILL THE TREATMENT HURT?
Shockwave involves a 10-15 minute treatment that may be uncomfortable and most people are able to tolerate. However, if you cannot tolerate it, settings on the machine can be adjusted to decrease the pressure you feel.
IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY COVERED BY INSURANCE?
The treatment will be invoiced under the license of the treating therapist. If you have extended health insurance for physiotherapy or chiropractic treatment, it should be covered by your plan.
IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY EFFECTIVE?
Current research shows that shockwave is a very effective treatment method, and makes it a valuable addition to your physiotherapy or chiropractic session for the following injuries: