Shockwave Therapy Treatment in Toronto and Scarborough
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Shockwave therapy is an effective way to treat soft tissue injuries. By using acoustic sound waves to target the affected area, shockwave therapy can help increase metabolism and circulation, stimulating the body’s cells responsible for healing injured tissue and bone.
At Toronto Physio, our practitioners are using shockwave therapy to effectively treat soft tissue injuries in a number of different areas. This cutting-edge therapy is helping our patients to quickly and effectively recover from injuries with minimal discomfort.
Areas we treat with shockwave therapy:
- Rotator cuff
- Lateral epicondyle
- Greater trochanter
- Proximal hamstring origin
- Rectus femoris
- Distal quadricep
- Patellar tendon
- Posterior tibial
- Plantar fascia
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Shockwave therapy can be used by healthcare professionals in all fields dealing with soft tissue injuries, not just limited to sports medicine.
Soft tissue injuries that don’t heal can be really frustrating for patients. In a lot of cases, they haven’t responded to conservative treatments but aren’t quite ready to think about surgery. That’s where shockwave therapy comes in – it’s ideal in situations like this.
Using shockwave therapy to treat soft tissue injuries can be an effective way to speed up the healing process and reduce pain and inflammation.
Our Clinic Employs the Storz Shockwave Unit and EMS Doloclast Shockwave Therapy Machines
Shockwave Canada is a Canadian medical device company specializing in the world’s most effective Shockwave technology, reporting a 91% success rate according to clinical studies. Shockwave Canada provides “Storz” the world’s #1 selling, advanced shockwave technology, worldwide. Leading healthcare professionals use the power of “Storz” to specialize in a wide variety of medical disciplines including; Orthopedics, Podiatry, Urology, Chiropractic, Pain Management and many others. Additionally, Shockwave Canada provides “Storz” devices to leading teaching institutions.
Frequently Asked Questions about Radial Shockwave Therapy
What can be treated with the Radial Shockwave Therapy?
- Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs
- Patellar tendinitis (jumper’s knee)
- Lateral epicondylitus (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitus (golfer’s elbow)
- Thumb basal joint Arthritis
- Shoulder tendinitis
- Chronic inflammation
- Shin splints
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Stress fractures
How long does it take?
Typical treatments last 5 minutes per area that we are treating. In that time we typically deliver about 2,000 pulses. Most conditions require multiple treatments spaced several days apart to allow your body to do its natural healing in between sessions. During your initial assessment our team will evaluate your specific condition to estimate how many treatments you will need.
Is it effective, can it help me?
Yes. The evidence overwhelmingly supports Shockwave Therapy as a breakthrough technology that is often the best choice for certain conditions that do not respond well to other forms of treatment. Shockwave therapy works without the use of drugs to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. There is an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement. Shockwave therapy may even eliminate your need for surgery.
Is it safe?
Yes. All studies show that shockwave therapy when used for the appropriate conditions has no negative health effects. However, there are certain conditions where it is not recommended. These include coagulation disorders, therapy over cancerous regions or tumours, children in growth stage, and pregnancy. For this reason we take special care to assess your individual condition and medical history.
Does it hurt?
If your treatment is on a fleshy area, you are not likely to feel any discomfort at all. Treatments on boney regions tend to be more sensitive. Your first treatment may be slightly uncomfortable but most patients find it tolerable. As your body heals, you will find each successive treatment easier. If you are especially sensitive, adjustments on the equipment can decrease the discomfort you feel.
After treatment care
There may be no immediate pain, but some patients experience little discomfort, reddening or bruising 2-4 hours after the treatment. In some cases it can last up to 48 hours and in very rare cases, may last up to 5 days. The body will trigger an inflammatory response, which is the body’s natural healing process. For this reason, do not use anti-inflammatory medications or ice. Even if you feel good, we recommend decreased activity for 48 hours following your treatments.
How does it work?
A small metal ball (projectile) is accelerated inside the handpick using electromagnetic propulsion until it impacts the stop plate. This collision generates a mechanical pressure wave. The wave of energy is transferred to the applicator head which then sends the energy through your body. Different sized “heads” are used on the handpick applicator depending on the type of treatment being delivered. The process is often loud, but rest assured that this is normal. The sound you hear is nothing more than the sound generated when the projectile impacts the stop plate in the handpiece.
Shockwave Therapy Testimonials
“This treatment helped me to be able to take part in the World Cup races… thanks for the help. It was worth its weight in gold!”
– Aksel Lund Svindal, Alpine Skier – Olympic Gold Medalist
“I was struggling with my back… on my third and fourth treatments with the shockwave I was seeing real big improvements!”
– Stuart Appleby, PGA Golfer – Winner of a Major Championship
“I work with high profile athletes, and they would not accept second best!”
– Per Nymann Andersen – Chiropractor and Sports Physiotherapist