Okanagan Health and Performance (OHP) now offers Shockwave therapy services in Kelowna and to the surrounding Okanagan area. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists at OHP will thoroughly assess your condition to determine the best treatment option.
What You Need to Know
Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment with little to no side effects for chronic soft tissue injuries involving tendons, ligaments, muscles or scar tissue injuries, and certain bone conditions.
An extracorporeal shockwave is a non-invasive, non-electrical high energy sound wave that passes through the body via a hand-held applicator probe. Shock wave therapy is thought to work by inducing microtrauma to the damaged soft tissue by creating micro-cavitation bubbles deep in the tissue that expand and burst, and stimulate healing. The shock waves cause a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target tissue area and will break down scar tissue that builds up over time, such as found in chronic soft tissue injuries. Normal soft tissue has elasticity. In comparison, scar tissue is not elastic and will cause abnormal movement and function, thus resulting in the weakening of unaffected soft tissues around it, thereby often leading to more injury and pain. It also stimulates neovascularization (new blood vessel growth) which in turn dramatically accelerates the healing process by increasing the delivery of nutrients to the affected area. The high energy sound waves reduce pain in the tissue by inhibiting pain signals and increases the metabolism of tissue cells which release pain and anti-inflammatory biochemicals. Soft tissue repair and restoration of normal function can be achieved.
Why Choose Us for Shockwave Therapy?
If you experience chronic pain and other treatment methods haven't worked, call our clinic today for a consultation to find out how shockwave therapy can help you. Our OHP Physiotherapists and Chiropractors can provide the treatment best suited to your condition.
Conditions treated with Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy can be a very effective treatment option for a wide range of soft tissue and bone conditions:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder pain (calcium deposits, tendinosis, impingement, rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, bone spurs)
- Elbow pain (tennis elbow. golfer’s elbow, tendinosis)
- Knee pain (patellar tendonitis, ligament sprains, tendinosis)
- Tibial stress syndrome (shin pain)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Hip pain (greater trochanteric pain, tendinosis)
- Chronic neck dysfunction
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Scar Tissue
- Myofascial trigger point and adhesions
- Morton’s neuroma
- And more…
Overall, shockwave therapy offers a great alternative treatment option for stubborn tendonitis and injuries where the human body has not been able to heal on its own.