Long-term, chronic injuries suffered through sports or an accident can be frustrating as you try to get better, but repeated treatments may result in little or no signs of improvement.
You’ve gone through physiotherapy, massage therapy, maybe even acupuncture, and still the nagging pain continues to hamper your ability to work or just even live your life comfortably.
Those are exactly the types of cases that made Royal City Health & Manual Therapy decide to bring in a unique treatment method to provide relief to their clients.
It’s called Shockwave, a system that uses high frequency sounds waves to stimulate healing.
Originally used to treat medical patients suffering from kidney stones, Shockwave was developed to treat chronic conditions such as shoulder injuries, chronic achilles tendonitis, calcific tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, elbow tendinopathies and chronic stages of painful muscle syndrome.
“We wanted to help address the cases that were just not getting better,” says Jeanie Bezdan, a registered massage therapist and managing partner at Royal City Health & Manual Therapy.
“You don’t want to continue offering sessions that are not resolving the issue.
“Shockwave is really helping clients who have a chronic injury.”
When is a good time to try it?
It is important patients try more traditional treatments for a period of at least six months before considering Shockwave therapy, Bezdan says.
What can you expect from Shockwave?
Bezdan says it can be an intense experience at the start, but as patients work their way through the sessions, the healing process kicks in.
“Shockwave is much more focused and intense than ultrasound. You feel a strong pulse in the area with Shockwave. It’s like being tapped by a finger, just deeper, stronger and faster.
"The purpose of inducing the sound wave is to cause an inflammatory response in the area it is directed,” Bezdan explains. “With chronic injuries like a tendon problem where there is poor blood supply and scar tissue, Shockwave forces oxygenated blood to the area and re-starts the healing process.”
Shockwave sessions run about four minutes and can be held in conjunction with physiotherapy treatment.
The number of treatments usually runs from three to a maximum of five to derive a benefit. And the success rate runs between 75 and 95 per cent.
To find out if Shockwave is the right type of treatment for your stubborn injury, visit Royal City Health & Manual Therapy online at newwestminsterphysiotherapy.com, or call 604-524-4446.