Shockwave therapy also referred to as extracorpeal shockwave therapy is offered by the physiotherapists and chiropractors at our facility in downtown Toronto. Shockwave is an innovative, non-invasive treatment involving high frequency, short duration, bursts of high-energy pulses that are transmitted into injured tissues. These high intensity pulses of mechanical energy aggravate the injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc.) at a cellular level, which stimulates a healing response. Ultimately, this treatment strategy accelerates tissue healing with minimal scar tissue production. The literature has shown this technique to be very successful in the treatment of chronic soft tissue injuries, tendinopathies and repetitive strain disorders.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy treatment involves local application of shockwaves, which are short, high frequency and high intensity bursts of energy waves that travel faster than the speed of sound. This energy is applied directly to the site of injury in order to:
- Increase local blood flow
- Break down scar tissue and adhesions
- Decrease pain
- Create an optimal environment for cellular repair and tissue healing
- Stimulate the bodies natural healing response
Why Choose Rebalance Sports Medicine for Shockwave Therapy?
Rebalance Sports Medicine in downtown Toronto is the place to go for your shockwave therapy needs. Our physiotherapists and chiropractors are up to date on the research and best practice application standards for shockwave therapy. Furthermore, the physiotherapists and chiropractic doctors take your recovery seriously and will spend the time assessing your condition in order to determine if you will be a good candidate for this treatment option. Through their detailed assessment, they will be able to determine the best dosage and settings for shockwave to be applied. In addition, the physiotherapists and chiropractors at Rebalance are experts in human biomechanics and movement dysfunctions. This means that your health care provider will be able to determine what movement disorders, compensations and muscle imbalances are contributing to your injury and will be able to treat it with manual therapies and prescriptive exercises. These additional treatment techniques will also be included in your shockwave therapy sessions so that you get better quickly and stay that way!
At Rebalance Sports Medicine, we take pride in offering the best rates for shockwave therapy in Toronto. We do not believe that it is necessary to overcharge for a service that is effective and has excellent results. Our therapists truly care about your recovery and want to see you achieve your goals.
Conditions that are successfully treated with Shockwave Therapy
Extracorpeal shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions especially in regions where soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments connect to bone. Some of these include:
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Rotator cuff tendonopathies
- Calcific tendonitis
- Jumpers knee
- ITB friction syndrome
- Groin strain
- Hamstring tendonopathy
- Gluteal tendonopathy
One of the most common regions treated with shockwave therapy is the foot due to the strong support for its use in research studies. Some conditions in the foot that respond very well to shockwave include:
- Plantar Fascitis
- Heels spurs
- Achilles Tendonosis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Peroneal tendonosis
- Tibialis posterior tendonosis
- 1st metatarsal osteoarthritis
- Stress Fractures in the bones of the foot
What should I expect when I am receiving Shockwave Therapy?
If you are a good candidate for shockwave therapy, your physiotherapist or chiropractic doctor will let you know. Typically you will require 3-5 treatments of shockwave and your sessions are generally scheduled one week apart. You may require additional sessions if your health provider needs more one-on-one time with you to work out any joint or soft tissue restrictions and/or to progress your movement training exercises. Most people will notice the benefits of shockwave therapy right away (even right after the first session).
Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?
Shockwave therapy can be mildly painful for some however most patients are able to tolerate the discomfort well. Your therapist can adjust the intensity of the energy so that it is comfortable for you and can ramp up intensity if you are able to tolerate more. The most intense pain is during the application of shockwave, which only lasts 3-5 minutes. The best part is that the majority of patients will notice a great deal of relief right after the treatment. In rare cases you may feel some soreness for approximately 24 hours after your session and you may have an inflammatory reaction which can include redness and local tissue swelling.
Is Shockwave Therapy covered by Insurance?
Shockwave therapy is covered by most extended health benefits plans because our expert physiotherapists and chiropractors provide it. Rebalance Sports Medicine can also direct bill to your extended health insurance provider. For more information please read our blog post on shockwave therapy. You my also Contact us for more information about this service or to book your shockwave therapy session today!