Shockwave Therapy – Dr. Soroush Khoshroo
Dr. Soroush Khoshroo offers shockwave therapy in North Vancouver at QubeCore Sports & Rehab for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Shockwave therapy has been used the 1980’s in the orthopaedic world. Scientific research has shown shock waves accelerate the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing powers. They stimulate the metabolism and enhance the blood circulation. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwaves are audible high-energy sound waves. These waves are similar to ultrasound, except that they have a much higher pressure amplitude. This means that they can create a more mechanical force/pressure to the desired tissues being treated. In the case of shockwave, the energy is transferred to the painful body regions with an applicator, where the acoustic/sound waves are transferred to the tissue causing a mechanical/pressure response at the site. In this case the waves penetrate the tissue, helping break down scar tissue, enhance tissue growth, and increase circulation.
What conditions are treated with shockwave therapy
- Achilles tendinosis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Calcific tendinosis (frozen shoulder)
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome
- Patellar tendinosis
- Rotator cuff tendinosis
- Hamstring tendinopathy
How long are the treatments?
Treatments are usually quick. Depending if other soft tissue therapies such as ART or Graston are performed, treatments can range between 15-30 minutes.
How many sessions are needed?
For most conditions, between 3-5 treatments are needed. In most cases, patients will see improved results after 1-2 treatments.
Does shockwave therapy hurt?
There may be some feeling of discomfort and pain during the treatment depending on the amount of pain the patient is already experiencing in that area. However, since the treatment does not last too long, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session. Moreover, patients may experience soreness in the areas worked for 2-3 days after treatment.
What are other benefits of shockwave?
- No anaethesia required
- No risk of infection
- No scarring or tissue damage
- Increased recovery and faster tissue healing
- Cost effective
Are there any restrictions after the treatment?
It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.