Shockwave Therapy


What is shockwave therapy?

The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body.

The shock waves are similar to sound waves, high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy. The waves are generated by an electromagnetic coil.

General Details of Procedure

A noninvasive probe is applied to the skin. An electrical charge creates an energy wave that is focused on the area of concern. The shock waves create a force on the tissues that causes inflammation and improve blood flow to encourage the body to repair and heal itself.

General effects of shockwave

  • Tissue regeneration and repair
  • The stimulation of the formation of new blood vessels (Neovascularization)
  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation of muscles ( myorelaxation.)
  • Calcific deposits reabsorption


When should I avoid this therapy?

  • People who have poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area should not have shockwave therapy done.
  • Open sores should also be avoided.
  • Shock wave therapy is not used in patients with heart conditions or seizures.
  • It should not be used during pregnancy.
  • Shock wave is not advised for patients with cancer or bleeding tendencies.

The above mentioned conditions should be discussed with your treatment practitioner before undergoing the procedure.

What happens after the procedure?

Patients are advised to reduce the level of physical activity for one to two days after treatment. Specific stretches may be prescribed. Shock wave therapy has shown to deliver good outcomes for tendon problems and chronic degenerative conditions. Examples include Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis.

Potential Complications

The main complications are pain and hypersensitivity at the site of treatment. These problems typically resolve with time, however it should be mentioned to the treating practitioner.
The use of Shockwave Therapy for specific conditions

  • Pain in muscles, insertions, Tendons
  • Groin pain
  • Back pain
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Patellar tendinopathy – jumper ́s knee
  • Calcifications
  • Heel spur (calcar calcanei)
  • Tendinosis calcarea
  • Long tendon of biceps calcification
  • Shoulder pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Stress Fractures
  • Trigger points

Shockwave therapy is used in conjunction with various other modalities to treat different conditions. Consult your nearest physiotherapy for more information.

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