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Shockwave Therapy is a new technology using shockwaves to treat chronic, painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. A shockwave is an intense, but very short energy wave traveling faster than the speed of sound.

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular, those involving areas where major connective tissue attaches to bone. Common sites that can be successfully treated are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs & Achilles tendonitis
  • Patellar tendonitis, jumper’s knee & shin pain
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis & calcification (Shoulder)
  • Trochanteric bursitis (Hip)
  • Trigger points in muscles
  • Stress fractures/Shin Splints, non union’s (delayed bone healing)
  • Morton’s Neuroma (Nerve)

 SWT is a non-surgical option with results that match surgical outcomes, and should be considered when other treatment options have failed.

Is SWT appropriate for me?

An initial assessment must be done and if your condition is appropriate you will be treated with SWT.
Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is used when all other treatments have been exhausted.
It is for a Chronic injury that has persisted more than 3 months.
It is most effective for conditions resulting from connective tissue attachments to bone. See the list above.
It is usually booked as 3 – 5 treatments 1X/ week for 3 – 5 weeks. Then we wait an additional 3 weeks without treatment to allow for healing to take place.
SWT is a “stand alone” treatment, no other modalities or exercises will be given during a SWT treatment.

What are the Advantages?

Shockwave therapy is a recent development that is used successfully by healthcare providers that specialize in musculoskeletal disorders. As compared to other treatment methods, the advantages are:

  • Quickly reduces pain
  • No medication is needed
  • Avoids surgery and anaesthesia
  • No side effects
  • No risk of allergies
  • Accelerates healing
  • Effective for chronic conditions

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

Shockwaves Therapy accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers, particularly in cases where the body has been unable to do so on its own. It stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation which enables damaged tissue to regenerate and eventually heal. The treatment relieves pain by producing an analgesic effect on the treatment area. Healing occurs over several treatments by initiating an inflammatory response and ultimately vascularization to the area. The high energy acoustic waves that are transmitted through the surface of the skin are spread radially (spherically) into the body and the body responds with increased metabolic activity around the area of the pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process and is especially useful for those suffering from chronic heel, shoulder, knee, achilles, and elbow pain.

Your therapist will apply shockwaves through a specially designed hand piece that produces strong energy pulses for short periods of time. The shockwave energy pulses are applied directly to the affected tissue areas in controlled procedure.
Shockwaves have a mechanical effect on the tissue. Pressure in the front of the shockwave is transmitted into the tissue, creating micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst into a resultant force.

This force penetrates tissue and stimulates cells in the body which are responsible for bone (osteoblast) and connective tissue (fibroblast) healing.

What is the success rate?

After only 2-3 sessions, over 80% of patients report a significant reduction in pain.

90% improvement for plantar fasciitis (Journal of Orthopedic Research, 2005)
91% improvement for calcific tendonitis (Journal of American Medical Association, 2003)
77% improvement for tennis elbow (Journal of Orthopedics, 2005)

How Long Does Treatment Last?

Treatment sessions are short (10-30 minutes depending on the disorder that is treated) and mildly uncomfortable. What are the benefits of Shockwave?

This therapy works without the use of drugs. It stimulates the body’s natural self-healing processes. There is usually an immediate reduction of pain and better movement. Shockwave may also eliminate your need for a cortisone shot or surgery.

Does it hurt?

It can be uncomfortable. Different patients have different tolerances, but it is usually well tolerated. When you leave you will most likely be painfree, but there may be a throbbing pain later. (24-48 hrs.) Decrease physical activity for 48 hrs. We want an inflammatory response so refrain from using ice or anti-inflammatory meds. Tylenol is acceptable.

Is it covered by my medical plan?

You will be issued a receipt for the respective practioner that is completing the therapy . If you have benefits for that extended health care provider it should be covered, but always check with your extended health care provider.

 

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Dr. Jason Wilson, or Dr. Jay as he is known to his patients, attained his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Logan University in St. Louis, MO in 2000.  Shortly after, he opened Wilson Health Services here in Cambridge and has never looked back.  His dream has always been to grow his practice into one of the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary clinics in the area, a dream that has now been realized!

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