Shockwave Therapy

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is a non-invasive out-patient therapy used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. The procedure involves sending high-intensity sound waves into muscles, tendons, fascia, and other injured tissues. This form of micro-trauma allows the body to reduce pain and regenerate blood vessels with healthy new blood cell formation. The resulting re-vascularization helps to decrease the amount of scar tissue and the reduction of pain allows improved mobility and function. This leads to faster healing and a return to pre-injury activity.

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Chris Broadhurst

Clinic Manager

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Andrea Lilley

Athletic Therapist & Registered Massage Therapist

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Bob Berezowski

Registered Massage Therapist

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FAQ

What conditions are treated/improved with shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy was initially introduced as a way to breakdown kidney stones without direct contact. It then evolved to treat non-healing bones by activating osteoblasts.

Today it treats a wide range of medical conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Jumper’s knee (Patellar Tendonitis)
  • Treatment of tendinopathy
  • Hamstring muscle injuries
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Bursitis
  • Stiff big toe (Hallux Rigidus)
  • Non-healing ulcers
  • Tendonitis
  • Scar tissue
  • Calcific rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Broken bones that have failed to heal (non-unions)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Heel spurs
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Enhancing bone healing
  • Muscle and connective tissue injuries

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue.

Strong energy pulses are applied to the affected area for short periods of time, creating micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst. The force created by these bubbles stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing.

In many instances, shockwave therapy is most effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own.

Does the treatment hurt?

The soundwaves will be felt but our therapists are trained to gradually increase the intensity as your body accommodates.

How many treatments will I need?

Upon completion of your assessment, your therapist can advise you if shockwave therapy is appropriate for your injury.

2 – 3 treatments are often advised, each treatment being 1 week apart.

Will I feel pain after my treatment?

Yes, you may feel increased soreness post-treatment for 48 – 72 hours, but that should subside.

Please refrain from icing post-treatment. You may use heat to increase blood flow to the area.

Are there restrictions after the treatment?

You may perform light aerobic activity and stretching but should refrain from heavy weight training or explosive type exercises.

Is shockwave therapy covered by OHIP or my insurance?

Shockwave therapy is not covered under your OHIP but may be covered by your extended health insurance plan. Please check your individual plans for more details. The Sport Medicine Clinic will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Please note that at the Sport Medicine Clinic, there is an additional charge for each shockwave therapy treatment.

Do I need a referral to get shockwave therapy at the Sport Medicine Clinic?

No referral is necessary for shockwave therapy to be part of your treatment plan. Upon completion of your assessment, your therapist can advise you if shockwave therapy is appropriate for your injury. 

Is the Sport Medicine Clinic accepting new patients for shockwave therapy?

Yes! Please call 416-865-0903 or email us today to book your appointment.

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