Innercore Health is pleased to introduce Shockwave therapy to our clinic.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical technique developed for the treatment of localized musculoskeletal pain. They involve the application of a series of high-energy impulses to an affected area. The shockwave is a physical shock, not an electric one, that is used to shock the body into healing by create a localized inflammatory response. The body responds by increasing the metabolic activity around the site of treatment, therefore stimulating and accelerating the healing process. Shockwave Therapy can also help break down scar tissue and calcified areas as well.
What conditions can it be used for?
Shockwave therapy is very useful for a number of conditions:
- Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis and/or Heel spurs)
- Patellar Tendonitis/tendonosis (Jumper´s knee)
- Achilles tendon pain (Achilles Tendonitis/tendonosis)
- Tennis and Golfer´s elbow
- Rotator Cuff tendonitis including calcifying tendonitis
- Shin pain / tibial stress syndrome
- Chronic neck, shoulder and back pain
- Muscular trigger points
- Very tight fascia and muscles
- Connective Tissue Pain and Degeneration
How is Shockwave Therapy performed?
If you are a candidate for shockwave therapy, the primary area of pain is localized and a skin gel is applied to the treatment area to allow the shock waves to be properly transmitted into the body. The course of treatments is usually 3–5 treatments total at a frequency of once a week.
What is the cost of Shockwave Therapy?
Each session of Shockwave Therapy is $80.00. It doesn´t matter the number of sites that we treat (eg. shoulders and feet). All you pay is $80.00 per treatment. If you have any extended health care, a portion of this will be covered under chiropractic treatment.
Will Shockwave therapy hurt?
Shockwave treatment sessions can be uncomfortable, but they are usually well tolerated.
After a shockwave therapy session you will most likely be feeling no pain but you may experience throbbing pain 2-4 hours following the treatment. This throbbing pain may occur for up to 24 to 48 hours. In rare cases, patients may experience temporary skin reddening, pain or worsening of symptoms during the first few days after treatment.
Contra-Indications for Shockwave Therapy
- Pre-ruptured tendons (greater than 50% tear of myotendinous junction)
- If under the age of 18 (except of the treatment of Osgood-Schlatter or Sever´s Disease)
- During pregnancy
- Cancer or diabetes
- Heart or circulatory problems
- If you have hemophilia or any blood-clotting disorder (including local thrombosis)
- If patient is being treated with oral anticoagulants (blood thinning medications), such as Heparin or Coumadin
- Treatment of tissue with local tumours or local bacterial and/or viral infections.