Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is a new and effective treatment that helps cure or reduce pain in a number of musculoskeletal conditions. Originally used to treat kidney stones, shockwave therapy is now increasingly used to help pain and injury – mostly of tendons.

What is it?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical treatment that promotes healing of chronic tendon, muscle, or ligament injuries.

What can be treated with Shockwave Therapy?

It is used to treat many orthopaedic conditions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder or elbow
  • Achilles tendinopathy or tendonitis
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Heel spurs (Plantar fasciitis)
  • Hamstring tendonitis
  • Jumper’s knee (Patellar tendinopathy)
  • Tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
  • Trochanteric bursitis.
  • New research in osteoarthritis and scar tissue

How does it work?

Shockwave therapy is a mechanical therapy.  A probe is used to exert high pressure pulse waves into an injured structure. This causes a biological reaction of tissue cells. This also encourages blood flow to the area, further promoting healing.  By promoting a new inflammatory or healing response tissue healing and repair is then facilitated.

How long does it take?

Most sessions take only 15-20 minutes, and most people require only 3 sessions.

Does it hurt?

If the problem is over bony areas can be uncomfortable.  The pressure can be adjusted during treatment to reduce the intensity of any pain.

How much does it cost?

Most conditions are successfully treated with 3 sessions of shockwave therapy. The cost of a session is $110.00 This fee is covered by some insurers. Extended benefits can be different with each insurer. Please contact your insurer to check if it is covered.