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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy in Guelph, Mississauga, & Hamilton

Shock waves are pneumatically generated waves. They are applied to soft tissues. They are perfectly tolerated in terms of pain and do not require sedation. The radial shock wave equipment is made up of a compressor, the gun/radial probe that contacts the patient’s skin, and the control monitor to determine the parameters of intensity, frequency, and number of shots.

Depending on its generator of greater or lesser energy and the type of beam generated, we differentiate two main types of shock waves –

  1. Focal – Greater energy and spot and deep beam.‍
  2. Radials – Lower energy and fan beam and more shallow.

Our Finest Shockwave Therapy Approach at Pacific Physiotherapy

Pacific Physiotherapy focuses on providing top-notch care that doesn’t require surgical interventions. For persistent pain and chronic injuries, our shock wave therapy is a simple yet highly effective treatment option. A painful location is treated with these controlled sound waves in an effort to hasten the body’s natural healing process, increasing blood flow and metabolic rate, which promotes full regeneration of injured tissue.

Focal Shock Waves

The focal shock waves penetrate the tissue, focusing all their energy in a single, deep, and previously selected point. We distinguish 3 different generators of focal shock waves –

  1. Electrohydraulic
  2. Piezoelectric
  3. Electromagnetic

How Does Shockwave Treatment Work?

The therapeutic results obtained with shock wave treatment can be spectacular. We observe different effects –

  • Elimination of calcium deposits by fragmentation.
  • Formation of new bone and delayed consolidation in fractures
  • Analgesic effects
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Temporary increase in muscle-building
  • Formation of new blood vessels

How Long Are Shockwave Treatments at Pacific Physiotherapy in Guelph, Mississauga, & Hamilton?

Depending on the condition being addressed, Shockwave Therapy sessions may take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes. 4 to 7 sessions, spaced one week apart, is the norm. Many people feel significantly less discomfort or get complete pain relief after just one or three sessions. The therapy reduces or eliminates your pain and helps you move about freely again.

Conditions and symptoms that we can treat with shock wave therapy –

  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Chronic Pain
  • Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Stiff big toe, big toe arthritis
  • Jumper’s Knee (patellar tendinitis)
  • Muscle/ Connective Tissue Injuries
  • Plantar Fascistic
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Pain
  • Stress Fractures (bone healing)
  • Tendon and Muscle Contractures
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Trigger Points
  • Heel, neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Trigger points
  • Back pain

Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?

The pain is tolerable or just annoying without being painful. Some patients in the acute phase may have greater sensitivity, but in this case, the frequency of the impulses is increased slightly to reduce the discomfort.

Does Shockwave Therapy Have Side Effects?

Our patients in Guelph, Mississauga, & Hamilton generally find shockwave therapy well tolerated. Patients with coagulation disorders or anticoagulants run the risk of causing hematomas, so shockwave therapy is contraindicated. Nor should it be applied to patients with acute infections or systemic diseases. Shockwave therapy is not appropriate for growing children.

Shockwave therapy is safe, non-aggressive or bloody, and highly effective. It does not hurt, is generally very well tolerated, and can be performed in the consultation. It requires highly qualified personnel and some professional experience to obtain the best results.

At Pacific Physiotherapy, we want to offer you the best treatments for a quick and successful recovery. If you wonder if shockwave therapy could help you, call Pacific Physiotherapy in Guelph, Mississauga, & Hamilton for a thorough assessment today!

Shockwave Therapy FAQs

What conditions can shockwave therapy treat?

Shockwave therapy treats musculoskeletal conditions like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, calcific shoulder tendinitis, Achilles tendinopathy, and other chronic tendon and ligament injuries.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy delivers high-energy sound waves to the affected area. These waves stimulate natural healing processes, increase blood flow, reduce pain, and promote the regeneration of damaged tissues.

Is shockwave therapy painful, and are there any side effects?

Most patients experience some discomfort during the procedure, but it is usually well-tolerated. The intensity can be adjusted to minimize patient discomfort. Side effects are mild, such as temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the treatment site. Serious side effects are rare.

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