What is Shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy consists of a series of taps (between 1,500 and 2,000) on the affected area (physical, not electrical). This treatment does not involve x-rays or drugs. The therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing process, with minimal side effects. This type of therapy can sometimes also avoid the need for surgery. It is therefore a proven alternative that merits consideration since it is non-invasive.
Which parts of the human body does it treat?
It treats all muscles and/or ligaments and non-bony parts, including the shoulder (chronic tendinitis), elbow (epicondylitis), hip (trochanteric bursitis), knee, wrist, ankle, plantar fascia (heel spurs), dorsal area, lumbar area, etc. Shockwaves cannot be applied to specific areas above the lungs, nor anywhere near major nerves or blood vessels, or the head.
Is it painful?
Generally, the therapy is well tolerated by everyone.
How many treatments are needed?
Between three and six treatments, at the rate of twice a week.
What should I do if I experience pain after the treatment?
Do not apply ice. The pain should disappear within 24 hours. If necessary, you can take Advil or Tylenol. If you’re concerned about any abnormal pain, do not hesitate to call the clinic at 514-849-9991.
And if all goes well?
We suggest limiting movements of the treated area for 48 hours. Remember not to overdo it for two weeks—you should act as though you’re still undergoing treatment. You need to give your body time to adjust, and allow any scar tissue or calcification that was broken up by the shockwaves time to resorb.
What is the success rate for this type of treatment?
According to the studies available and depending on the area treated, the success rate varies from 77% to 91% (ref.: Journal of American Medical Association 2003, The Journal of Orthopedics Research 2005, The Journal of Orthopedics 2005). However, keep in mind that these statistics are for information purposes only and should not be generalized and/or considered as a guarantee.