We offer Shockwave Therapy at our two convenient Ottawa locations. Also called extracorporeal shockwave therapy, this treatment may be offered by your Ottawa healthcare professional in conjunction with other treatments such as chiropractic, physiotherapy or massage therapy. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy has been used with 90% success rates in Europe and has only made it to North America relatively recently. We are pleased to offer our Ottawa area clients this effective treatment for soft tissue injuries and conditions.
The Shockwave Therapy we provide at our Ottawa clinics uses a safe medical device to aid in the treatment and management of conditions that affect the soft tissues, namely muscles, ligaments and tendons. Shockwave treatment helps to alleviate pain and has been used to successfully treat many persistent and lingering conditions such as tendonitis and plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. It is an un-invasive treatment that does not require a hospital stay or anesthesia.
This tried and tested treatment uses an acoustic pulse that is transmitted directly into the affect soft tissue area. In essence, it reinjures the area at the cellular level in a controlled process that actually stimulates the body's own healing processes. The introduction of the pulse creates a cascading effect, first increasing blood circulation and also breaking down scar tissue. The waves come in short bursts at high frequencies that travel faster than the speed of sound.
The results are clear and have been proven over time – reduced pain and faster healing. Shockwave therapy has been clinically tested and recent results show success rates of 75-95% when it is correctly used for a wide variety of conditions – particularly those that affect areas where ligaments and tendons connect to the bone. These may include,
• Tennis Elbow
• Golf Elbow
• Jumper's Knee
• Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
• ITB friction syndrome, aka Iliotibial band friction syndrome or ITBFS, a knee injury
• Groin strain
• Hamstring tendonitis
• Gluteal tendonitis
It is especially effective in treating conditions involving the intricate architecture of the foot, including,
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Heels spurs
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Morton’s neuroma
• Stress Fractures in the bones of the foot
Shockwave Therapy is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy, massage therapy or chiropractic treatments at our Ottawa clinics and may be offered as an alternative to surgery.
Your Shockwave Therapy at Athlete's Care Ottawa
Our Athlete's Care Ottawa team of sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and other healthcare professionals will first thoroughly assess your injury or condition to determine if shockwave therapy is an appropriate course of treatment.
If your physiotherapist or chiropractor determines you are an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy, your course of treatment will typically consist of 3 to 5 treatments that will be scheduled approximately one week apart. Most people will notice the benefits right away in terms of reduced pain and improved mobility however additional sessions may be required according to your progress and any lingering issues involving the joint or surrounding soft tissues.
Shockwave therapy is expertly administered by experienced healthcare professionals at our Ottawa clinics, however due to the nature of the treatment some patients may experience mild pain or discomfort. Your Athlete's Care therapist will adjust the intensity to your comfort levels and can either decrease or increase the intensity as you are able to tolerate it. The application of the shockwave lasts only 3 to 5 minutes and most of our clients find any discomfort mild and quite tolerable.
Most patients will notice relief from their symptoms immediately. Some may experience soreness at the site for about 24 hours following treatment which may include redness and mild swelling.
Most private extended healthcare benefit plans in Ontario cover the cost of shockwave therapy as it is administered by the experienced physiotherapists and chiropractors on our Ottawa team. Please check with your insurer to determined your coverage.
Call us or visit one of our locations on Bank Street and Merivale Road to make an appointment for a consultation today.