What is radial shockwave therapy?

This non-invasive medical treatment uses acoustic waves to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. These high-energy soundwaves are applied to the affected area, often musculoskeletal tissues, to promote increased blood flow, reduce pain, and stimulate tissue repair. Radial shockwave therapy offers an alternative to surgery or medication for individuals seeking pain relief and improved mobility.

Let our team of professionals at the Sport Medicine Clinic incorporate this innovative approach into your treatment plan to improve wellness and recovery.

When can radial shockwave therapy help?

Radial shockwave therapy is particularly beneficial for individuals seeking a non-invasive and drug-free approach to pain relief, enhanced healing, and improved function, making it a valuable tool in rehabilitation settings. Here are a few conditions that radial shockwave therapy can be treat:

- Plantar fasciitis: alleviating foot pain
- Tennis & golfer's elbow: reducing discomfort
- Muscle strains: speeding up recovery
- Shin splints: relieving pain
- Knee osteoarthritis: reducing pain and stiffness
- Trigger points: releasing muscle knots
- Tendonitis: treating various types
- Chronic back pain: promoting relief
- Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever's disease): easing heel pain in adolescents
- Jumper's knee: reducing pain and inflammation

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 likely 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? Are there restrictions post-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.

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 click here to book your appointment.