Shockwave Therapy St. Catharines

Shockwave Therapy Services Can Help With:

  • Feet – Heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, retrocalcaneal bursitis, plantar fasciopathy
  • Elbow – Lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
  • Shoulder – Calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles, adhesive capsulitis
  • Knee – Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), patellar tendinopathy, osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Hip – Bursitis, greater trochanteric pain syndrome
  • Lower leg – Shin splints, medial tibial stress syndrome, achilles tendinopathy, achilles tendonitis
  • Upper leg – Iliotibial band friction syndrome, avascular necrosis of femoral head
  • Back – Lumbar and cervical spine regions, chronic muscular pain
  • Other – Upper and lower extremity tendinopathies, non-union of long bone fracture, chronic stress/non-union fractures, calcific tendonitis

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is a non-invasive treatment used for the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, primarily applied to chronic conditions. Shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing process by creating a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin and has been shown tohave a direct effect on local nerve endings, resulting in decreased pain.

Shockwave therapy (SWT) is a modality used in physical therapy, orthopedics and sports medicine for the treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions.Shockwave is best suited to treating chronic issues (such as damaged tendons) instead of acute issues (such as inflammation).

When should Shockwave Therapy be considered?

Shockwave therapy offers therapists another tool for stubborn and chronic injuries. There are some conditions (such as tendon conditions) that just don’t seem to respond to traditional forms of treatment, and having the option of shockwave therapy gives therapists another tool to use. Shockwave therapy is most suited for people who have chronic (greater than six weeks) tendinopathies (commonly referred to as tendinitis) which haven’t responded to other treatments. These injuries can include: tennis elbow, achilles injuries, rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis, jumper’s knee, or calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These could be as a result of sport, overuse, or repetitive strain.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

  • Excellent cost/effectiveness ratio
  • Non-invasive/non-surgical solution for chronic pain in shoulder, back, feet, knee, and elbow
  • No anesthesia is required
  • Limited side effects
  • Can have a positive effect on acute pain
  • Can improve mobility and decrease musculoskeletal pain
  • Results in accelerated healing
  • Ease Of Use
  • Affordable
  • Covered by many insurance companies

Shockwave Therapy FAQs

How many shockwave therapy sessions will I need?

The number of sessions you will need will depend on the condition that is being treated as well as your body’s response to the treatment. Your therapist will be able to give you an outline of your treatment plan and an estimate of how many shockwave sessions will be needed.

Will I be in pain after the treatment?

You will normally experience a reduced level of pain or no pain at all immediately after the treatment, but a mild and diffuse pain may occur a few hours later.

Is shockwave therapy safe?

Very safe! ESWT has no long term effects or damages. Some short term discomfort is felt during the treatment and some people will experience mild bruising, tingling or numbness over the area
of the treatment.

Is the shockwave treatment itself painful?

Sometimes the treatment is a bit painful, but any pain is brief and is more a feeling of pressure or tapping when the shockwaves are applied to the skin. Some people describe the sensation as similar in intensity to electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).

If you are in pain or discomfort during the treatment please notify your medical practitioner as there are some adjustments that can be made to reduce the discomfort, however, having some pain during the treatment illustrates that shockwaves are having a positive effect.

Why Choose NHRC for Shockwave Therapy In St. Catharines

At your first visit to NHRC, one of our practitioners will perform a full assessment to determine whether shockwave therapy is right for you. Here at NHRC, we take a patient-centered approach to treatment, including to shockwave therapy. Each aspect of shockwave therapy is tailored to your needs through the adjustment of the frequency and duration of shocks. Our therapists will instruct you on additional measures you can take to increase the effectiveness of your treatment (activity moderation, exercise prescription). You will be assessed for contributing issues, such as muscle tightness/weakness and posture issues. Shockwave may also be used in combination with other therapies such as physiotherapy and chiropractic.
Generally, shockwave treatment is recommended on a weekly schedule for 3-6 weeks, which can be adjusted to suit your needs. Our practitioners will work alongside you to create a plan of care that will maximize your recovery and suit your schedule.

Areas We Serve:

Our patients come from all across Niagara including:

Western Hill
Port Dalhousie

Insurance Covered physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage therapy. Extended Health Coverage Direct Billing Available.

Clinic Hours:

Monday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Tuesday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Wednesday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Thursday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Friday 8a.m.–6:30p.m.
Saturday 8a.m.–2p.m.
Sunday Closed