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Shockwave Therapy FAQ 

Shockwave or Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) is a non-surgical technique developed for the treatment of localized musculoskeletal pain. This treatment involves the application of a series
of high-energy percussions to the affected area. The shockwave is a physical shock, not an electric one. Common conditions that can be successfully treated with Shockwave Therapy include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Heel Spurs

  • Shin splints

  • Patellar Tendonitis/tendonosis (Jumper’s knee)

  • Achilles Tendonitis/tendonosis

  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow

  • Rotator Cuff tendonitis including calcifying tendonitis of the shoulder

  • Muscular trigger points, and much more!

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Radial Shockwave Therapy works by producing an inflammatory response. The body responds by increasing metabolic activity around the site of pain, therefore stimulating and accelerating the healing process. Shockwave therapy can also help break down scar tissue and calcified areas as well.



What Are The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?
This therapy works without the use of X-rays or drugs; it stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process. There is usually an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement. Secondary effects are minor. Shockwave therapy may also eliminate your need for surgery. It is also especially effective for chronic conditions. Success rates are exceptionally high:


  • Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)- up to 91%

  • Calcifying tendonitis of the shoulder- up to 91%

  • Plantar Fasciitis- up to 88%

  • Patellar Tendonitis/tendonosis (Jumper’s knee)- up to 87%

  • Achilles Tendonitis/tendonosis- up to 87%


What Is The Duration And Frequency Of This Therapy?
The therapy session takes between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, patients require 3 – 6 separate treatment sessions. For chronic conditions, patients may require more that 6 – 9 sessions, twice per week. With most conditions, Shockwave has been shown to have an 80-95% success rate. The therapeutic effect is individualized and can take up to 12 weeks after the treatments to occur. As we promote an Integrated Care Model, Shockwave therapy may or may not be recommended as a stand-alone therapy.
Will The Treatment Hurt?
It is a 5-10 minute treatment that may be uncomfortable and most people are able to tolerate. However, if you cannot tolerate it, adjustments on the machine can decrease the pressure you feel.


 Is Shockwave Therapy Covered By Insurance? How Much Does It Cost?
Yes. Shockwave Therapy is covered by insurance. We currently are offering all shockwave therapy treatments at a cost of $90 (a value of $150). We offer the lowest prices of any clinic in the Milton/Halton Region and GTA!


 Are There Any Side Effects or Contraindications?
YES. You are not a candidate for shockwave therapy if you have:


  • Corisone injections (within the last 6 weeks)

  • Hemophilia or any blood coagulation disorder

  • Blood thinning medications such as Heparin or Coumadin

  • Heart or circulatory problems

  • Cancer or are pregnant

  • Growing children (Growth Plates)

  • Blood or nerve supplies too close to the affected area


The shockwave will trigger an inflammatory response, which is the body’s natural process of healing. For this reason, refrain from using anti-inflammatory medications or ice after your session. Use Advil or Tylenol if necessary. We also recommend decreased activity for 48 hrs following the treatment.


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