Shockwave Therapy

Is Shockwave Therapy Really Effective?

Shockwave Therapy
Written by Nancy

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) has been a viable treatment option in Canada since the 90s but has only recently become more talked about, due to the use of low energy SWT.

It is a non-surgical process that involves a high energy wave that’s directed at an affected area. This intervention stimulates the body to start its natural healing process. It is used to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as Morton’s Neuroma and Achilles Tendonopathy.

Does Shockwave Therapy Really Work?

There is quite a bit of controversy surrounding the efficacy of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in pain management.

Among clinical studies, the results vary greatly, from no influence to 100% pain management.

Failures in Tendinopathies

A study conducted by Chung and Wiley, of the University of Calgary, found that after eight weeks of therapy for untreated lateral epicondylitis, patients felt at least a 50% reduction in pain. The study concluded that despite initial improvement, no meaningful pain-relief had been gained.

Successes in Tendinopathies

People suffering from tendinitis seem to benefit greatly from this non-invasive option. Studies have shown that shockwave therapy is able to effectively treat the pain that accompanies tendinopathies such as Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, and rotator cuff tendinopathy.

Results show that people found a significant improvement in their quality of life after receiving the therapy—they claimed that functionality had increased by 2 points (out of 5) on the Likert scale. People with plantar fasciitis (PF) found a 60% decrease in pain after receiving SWT for the condition.

Side Effects of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Complications have only surfaced when shockwave therapy has been used to treat bone tumours or nerve disorders. It is advised not to opt for treatment if there are any open wounds, or lesions on the area that is to be treated.

It could also have harmful side effects for patients who use blood thinners or those who have severe circulatory disorders.

Apart from this, no adverse side effects were noticed among patients struggling with plantar fasciitis. However, we must note that there is no data available on long-term complications.

If you’re someone who suffers from chronic pain and are seeking licensed physicians in Calgary, consider Divergent Health Group. This clinic offers effective treatment options for lingering chronic pain.   They specialise in treating this pain with shockwave therapy. Additional services they offer include paternity tests, spinal decompression and chiropractic therapy.

To book an appointment, call at 403.909.8111, or make an appointment online.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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