What is Shockwave Therapy?
By Dr. Kyla Nelson
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, high intensity form of therapy. The process involves applying a mechanical pressure pulse to the injured tissue. Shockwave works by inducing micro trauma to the affected area, leading the body to begin tissue repair and regeneration.
It’s a great modality for a wide range of chronic, stubborn, over-use conditions. It is most commonly used for the following:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Calcific or Non-Calcific Shoulder Tendinopathy
Overall, shockwave therapy can yield exceptional results with minimal side effects. Typically a health care practitioner will recommend a trial of 3-5 treatments (one per week) of shockwave therapy. The beneficial effects can include decreased pain, as well as improved function and mobility.
For more information on Shockwave Therapy call Holland Landing Health Centre at 905-853-7900.
Dr. Kyla Nelson is a Chiropractor and Medical Acupuncture Provider currently working at Holland Landing Health Centre in East Gwillimbury, Ontario. For more information on Shockwave Therapy contact HLHC at 905-853-7900 or [email protected].
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