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What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is also called Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (SWT). It is a simplenon-electrical high energy, non-evasive, high frequency sound wave which has been used as a treatment purpose in physiotherapy since the late nineties.

In 1982 Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy was first used in urology to remove the stones lithotripsy from kidney and bladder that is urolithiasis

Later, Orthopedician use this non-invasive treatment strategy in treating orthopaedics related conditions involving orthotripsy, chronic unhealed fractures, removing calcific deposits etc.

In the twenty century, physiotherapists started using extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the treatment of inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions to relieve pain and restore mobility. A decade ago it was only used to treat sports related injuries or those tendon and soft tissue injuries who failed to respond to first line therapeutic intervention.

But now along with manual therapy physiotherapists use it for the treatment of many conditions including bony conditions, osteopathies, tendinopathies, fasciitis, neurological issues and chronic soft tissue injuries.

In Spite of all these fields it is also used in veterinary medicine and sports medicine as well.


Application of shockwave therapy:

A portable device is used to provide shockwave therapy. Impulsive pressure and tensile stress are generated on the affected area for a few minutes which enhance the cellular permeability by enhancing the blood supply and metabolic supply of that body part.  In results it stimulates the normal healing mechanism, reduces pain, breaks the calcific depository, reduces calcification and promotes scar healing. It breaks down fibrous scar tissues and improves blood circulation.


How Does Shockwave Treatment Works in Mississauga?

Shockwave therapy treatment Mississauga is one of the few safe options to breakdown scar tissue. This is important because scar tissue can prevent normal function and movement. They may even affect the nearby tissue, causing further pain and damage.


How shockwave therapy treatment is given in Mississauga?

In Mississauga shockwave therapy is not only given to athletes to treat sports injuries or chronic injuries but in Mississauga shockwave therapy is also use to treat various conditions which includes chronic neck dysfunction, spasticity, hypertonicity, fasciitis e;g Plantar fasciitis, bursitis and tendinitis of shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, Achilles tendinitis  which is either calcified or noncalcified, Golfer’s elbow, Tennis elbow, Jumper’s knee, patellar tendinopathy, shoulder pain, i.e: bony spurs, pelvic, hip, shin and heel pain, femoral head avascular necrosis or chronic stress fractures, long bones fractures,  ulcers (diabetic/non- diabetic), erectile dysfunction and chronic trigger points pain. 


Is Shockwave Therapy Safe?

Shockwave therapy does not cause pain. However, you may feel a little discomfort if the area being treated is already under a lot of pain. The machine allows the therapist to control the intensity of the shockwaves which can be helpful in reducing discomfort. Plus, the therapy has no side effects and a session will only last for about 5 minutes.


Benefits of shockwave treatment:

The therapeutic session is less time consuming, efficacy of the treatment by shockwave therapy is 80% and no serious side effects have been reported.


Call for appointment:

Call Achieve Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation today to know more about shockwave therapy in Mississauga and how it can help you.  



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