- Shockwave Therapy -
Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) has been available for more than 10 years.
Our Wellness Centre is offering Shockwave Pain Therapy and has successfully
helped patients find relief from chronic pain.
What is Radial Shockwave Pain Therapy?
Shockwaves are a very unique type of pressure waves, abruptly alternating from a high
pressure to a low pressure, faster than the speed of sound. They are created within the
soft tissues of the body, by the application of highly specialized acoustic waves from a
shockwave device. Shockwaves are used in modern medicine as an alternative to surgery for
specific conditions that cause pain. Shockwaves are not electrical in nature as their name may
imply. They are also not to be confused with other acoustic wave technology such as ultrasound,
TENS, IFC or muscle stimulators.
Shockwave Pain Therapy can help the following chronic pain problems:
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Heel Spur Syndrome
• Achilles Tendonitis & Thickening
• Tennis Elbow
• Hallux Limitis (Stiff & Painful Big Toe)
• Golfer’s Elbow
• Trochanteric Bursitis
• Chronic Hamstring Strain
• Infra Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
• Calcific Tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff
• Low Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Muscle Pain
Is Radial Shockwave a New Therapy?
Yes and no. Until the introduction of Radial Shockwave, therapeutic treatment options for chronic tendonitis were typically limited to anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) and basic therapeutic programs combining rest, stretching exercises and other conventional therapies, such as ultrasound, TENS, and soft tissue mobilization.
Occasionally, injections of corticosteroids were performed and, less often, surgical operations – all with the goal of reducing the pain to enable patients to return to activities and sports they enjoyed. Unfortunately, the traditional approach was not always successful and so a newer treatment for chronic tendonitis was investigated to bring greater relief to those suffering from chronic tendonitis pain.
In the early 1990’s, European researchers developed and administered a focal point shockwave with modified kidney stone lithotripters over chronically scarred and calcific soft tissue. Not only was the application cumbersome (as the devices were not designed for arms and legs), the focal point application was so painful that patients had to be given anesthetic in order to tolerate the treatment. And not surprisingly, the results were not optimal either.
It soon became apparent that treatment with lower energy, spread-beam (radial) shock waves, with equipment designed for upper and lower extremities, would be better tolerated and yield more effective outcomes. In turn, Radial Shockwave treatment units were produced for the new millennium.
When has Shockwave Pain Therapy become available?
Shockwave Therapy research has been available since the mid-1990’s, and now that the
high-quality low-energy RSWT treatment units have become approved and available
in Canada, our Wellness Centre has invested in a state-of-the-art
Swiss-Dolorclast® RSWT system.
How Many Shockwave Treatments Might I Need?
Most patients require up to four (4) treatment sessions of 30 minute duration with a week pause
between sessions. Extremely severe problems or those with larger surface areas may require one
or two booster treatments which may be administered at either a 6 week or a 12 week follow-up
appointment interval. Our 30 minute sessions will also include massage/manipulation of the
Do Technicians Administer the Treatments?
No. At our Wellness Centre, only Therapists who are trained in the technique administer your Shockwave treatments. Not only is there a science, but there is also an art to the RSWT treatment. Our Therapists have over 20 years of training and real life experience, and who are uniquely skilled to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries.
Do I Need a Doctor’s Referral?
No. A referral is not necessary but they are always welcome. We enjoy working with your physician or other designated health provider in order to ensure your complete confidence and peace of mind.
Does the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Pay for the Treatment?
No. Your extended health care private insurance plan may provide full or partial coverage but may require your Doctor’s written referral first. Interested patients will need to check with their private insurance to determine the specific coverage eligibility and requirements. Of course, we will help you as best we can to ensure you get the information you need.
Are Appointments Available?
Yes. Call us today at 403-526-2463 for your initial assessment and evaluation and let our modern treatments and old-fashioned care help you wake up to pain free living!
Your First Treament?
Your first treatment is the most important one of all. It tells us; - How bad is the affected region? - How many treatments will be required to resolve the condition. - Are other regions/structures involved? - How aggressive can we treat the affected area in future treatments?
We also take the time to educate you as to why you developed the condition(s) and how to avoid repeating the condition. Click here for <more information!>