Non-Invasive Shockwaves to Heal Faster, Feel Better
Let your body’s own innate healing responses do the hard work by increasing blood flow and
decreasing inflammation. Shockwave technology calls your body’s own repairman to heal tissue
from the inside out, without the use of drugs or surgery.
We are pleased to offer Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy at FYZICAL. ESWT is a
non-surgical procedure used to heal chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow,
shoulder tendonitis, and other chronic conditions. These conditions can impact the quality of your life
and mean that you’re unable to exercise or do the things you enjoy.
You may have to take regular pain relief medication, which still doesn’t always relieve your pain and
discomfort, and can cause you to develop side effects. Sometimes, surgery can seem like your only
option, which is daunting and not without risk.
ESWT benefits patients because their condition can be treated extracorporeally, meaning outside of
the body. Since ESWT is non-invasive, no lengthy recovery period and virtually no side effects or
time off from work.
Shockwave therapy is an innovative therapy that can target specific pain in the bones, joints,
muscles, tendons and ligaments. It’s a non-invasive treatment that can be delivered on an out
patient basis and gives significant or total relief of pain in the vast majority of patients.
Take the first step toward relief by calling us today. Imagine your life ...pain free!
What does shockwave treat?
Shockwave therapy is beneficial for patients with painful soft tissue (muscle, tendons and ligaments),
joint and bone conditions. The therapy can help those with sports or overuse injuries and can benefit
those undergoing physiotherapy for a range of complaints.
Most commonly, shockwave therapy is used to help treat the following conditions:
● Achilles tendinopathy (pain in the tendon that connects the back of the foot to the calf
● Plantar fasciitis (pain in the underside of the foot)
● Tennis elbow (pain on the outer side of the elbow)
● Golfers elbow (pain on the inner side of the elbow)
● Patellofemoral syndrome (runner’s knee)
● Iliotibial band Syndrome, or ITBS (pain that stretches from the outside of the hip down the
outer thigh to the outside of the knee caused by running and cycling)
● Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
● Bony heel spurs
History of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
In the 1960s and 1970s, scientists began investigating the potential use of shockwaves on human
tissue, and by the mid 1980s, shock waves were being used as a lithotripsy treatment to break up
kidney stones and gallstones. This marked the beginning of non-invasive technologies for treating
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), also known as shockwave therapy, was first used in
clinical practice in 1982 to treat urologic conditions. This technology’s success in the treatment of
urinary stones quickly established it as a first-line, noninvasive, and effective method. Following that,
ESWT was investigated in orthopedics, where it was discovered that it could loosen the cement in
total hip arthroplasty revisions. Furthermore, animal studies conducted in the 1980s revealed that
ESWT could improve fracture healing by augmenting the bone-cement interface, increasing
osteogenic response, and improving osteogenic response. While shockwave therapy has been
shown to aid in fracture healing, the majority of orthopedic research has concentrated on upper and
lower extremity tendinopathies, fasciopathies, and soft tissue conditions.
Shock wave therapy has been used to treat certain musculoskeletal disorders for about 15 years.
ESWT employs a series of low-energy acoustic waves delivered to the patient’s skin via a transducer
and a topical gel as a medium. It is completely non-invasive and does not necessitate the use of
anesthesia or pain medications.
Shockwaves work by stimulating tissue repair and reducing pain by activating the body’s innate
healing mechanisms. After just one treatment session, many patients report significant pain relief.
Patients may experience temporary swelling and tenderness at the treatment site because ESWT
causes an inflammatory response, which is the body’s healing mechanism. This is a healthy healing
response that should not be suppressed with anti-inflammatory drugs.
Shockwave therapy is particularly effective in the treatment of tendinopathies, which are often slow
to heal, as well as tendinosis, a degenerative condition of injured tendons. It is also beneficial in the
healing of non-union bone fractures.