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Shockwave Therapy

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders. The Shockwave machine sends out acoustic waves into the bone or soft tissue that breaks up any scarring that has penetrated into the tendons and ligaments. This process also allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells which leads to faster healing and a quick return to pre-injury activity levels.

Who can benefit from Shockwave Therapy?

Everyone with soft tissue or bone injuries can benefit, especially athletes. Shockwave Therapy provides safe, non-invasive method of treatment for superficial orthopedic disorders such as:

  • Hip pointers
  • Rotator cuff tendonopathy
  • Tennis elbow
  • Patellar and Achilles tendinopathies
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Jumpers knee
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Trigger points
  • Non healing ulcers
  • Scar tissue treatment

What are the advantages?

  • Treatment success rates are equal to or greater than surgery
  • Typically patients feel less pain after treatment and are able to resume normal physical activities
  • Accelerates healing
  • No side effects

Are there any potential side-effects?

There are no side effects of Shockwave therapy. The patient may feel some discomfort during the treatment however adjustments on the machine can be made if you are unable tolerate the amount of pressure. The discomfort or pain could potentially last up to 2-4 hours after the treatment. Since the Shockwave therapy is used to stimulate an inflammatory response (the body's natural healing process) do not take any anti-inflammatory medications or use ice for the pain - Tylenol can be used if necessary.

What are the condraindications of Shockwave therapy?

  • Heart or circulatory disorders
  • Carcinoma or cancel patients
  • Pregnancy
  • Growing children
  • No NSAIDS one week prior to treatment

* Please notify our staff if you have or suspect of having any of the noted contraindications. For further information please see the Zimmer Shockwave website at: http://zimmerenpuls.com/en/enpuls/overview.html