Shockwave Therapy: Shockwave therapy treatment in Langley is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. Together with being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain.
Most Importantly Shockwave therapy treatment in Langley provides physiotherapists with an additional option for treating recalcitrant, chronic tendinopathy cases. However In some tendon disorders, standard means of treatment are ineffective, and having the option of shockwave therapy treatment gives physiotherapists another another tool in their arsenal of therapeutic options.
Shockwave therapy is best suited for people who have chronic tendinopathies (commonly referred to as tendinitis) that have not responded to other forms of treatment. These include: tennis elbow, achilles tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, and calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These could be caused by sports, overuse, or repetitive strain.
You will be assessed by the physiotherapist at your first visit to confirm that you are an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy. The physio will ensure you are educated about your condition and what you can do in conjunction with treatment – activity modification, specific exercises, assessing any other contributing issues such as posture, tightness/weakness of other muscle groups etc.
Shockwave therapy treatment in Langley is usually done once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on results. The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only last 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep it comfortable.
Since the mid-1990s, low-energy Shock Wave Therapy has been available in Canada, but it has only lately become popular.
Shock Wave Therapy is a treatment that encourages the body’s own healing mechanisms to kick in. Another benefit of Shock Wave Therapy is the reduction of pain by directly affecting the nerve terminals in the area being treated. Understanding the differences between low energy and high energy Shock Wave Therapy is critical when determining whether or not you are a good candidate for Shock Wave Therapy and which type of Shock Wave Therapy will be most effective in treating your disease.
High-intensity, short-duration, high-energy pulses (5-100MPa) are referred to as “real” shockwaves when they cause a shockwave by breaking the sound barrier.
As a result of our high-intensity technique, the shockwave is able to be focused directly on the afflicted tissue, resulting in many effects:
It has been established that mechanical pressure and tension forces on the tissue enhance cell membrane permeability, which results in increased microscopic circulation and thus increased metabolism within the treated area. This aids in the recovery process and has the potential to dissolve calcific deposits.
A “cavitation bubble” of small, empty cavities forms behind a pressure front as a result of the pressure front itself. The treated tissue is mechanically affected by the collapse of the bubbles. Calcified deposits can be broken down with this force.
Stimulation of osteoblasts by shockwaves promotes bone repair and formation of new bone.
Shockwaves activate fibroblasts, which are the cells that repair connective tissue, such as tendons, by stimulating their growth.
Reduces pain in two ways. Short-term pain relief is achieved by overstimulating local nerve endings with so many stimuli that their activity is reduced. By stimulating local nerves to adjust their response to pain, the gate-control mechanism allows patients to experience a more sustained decrease in their level of discomfort.