How do Physiotherapists Use Shockwave Therapy?

December 22nd, 2019 | in Physiotherapy White Rock

There are a number of techniques and treatments available for a skilled physiotherapist to choose for the best physiotherapy treatment. One of the treatments that you may see in your physical therapy clinic in White Rock is Shockwave Therapy. What is this and how do physiotherapists use it?

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Do not be scared off by the name, as shockwave therapy is not a massive shock. Shockwave therapy a low energy, focus shock that has shown to be successful in helping aid treatment of some musculoskeletal conditions, specifically those involving ligaments and/or tendons. This tool is often used for patients suffering from different tendinitis conditions, often due to overuse or repetitive strain injury, in any number of areas including shoulder, elbow, and knee.

How Do Physiotherapists Use Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is often a choice when a chronic tendinitis injury or issue does not respond well to other conventional treatment. Shockwave therapy alone is not a full treatment and is often combined with other treatments. The shock is intended to help urge the body’s own natural healing processes, reducing pain and increasing mobility, allowing for strength and rehabilitation exercises to be carried out. Depending on the issue and severity, shockwave therapy is often conducted once a week for a 4-6 week period. Treatment is short, only taking a few minutes, and intensity can be controlled to reduce discomfort if needed.

Shockwave therapy is a powerful tool that skilled physiotherapists can utilize to help you recover, and get back to living your life. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, give Advanced Physio a call today.

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