The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

At Actin Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC we are committed to using scientifically researched, evidence based techniques. Actin Physiotherapy is dedicated to offering the best care to our patients in Richmond, BC. Our physiotherapy clinic in Richmond, BC has a Storz Medical MASTERPULS® MP 50 Radial Shockwave Therapy Machine. Our machine was handmade in Switzerland before being shipped to us in Canada. 

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive and non surgical technique that involves the application of strong energy pulses to the skin. Acoustic pressure waves are generated by the Shockwave machine. These energy waves radiate from the point of application on the skin. 

Shockwave has been researched and is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for various musculoskeletal conditions. It is a useful technology that our physiotherapists can use to provide best outcomes for our patients where indicated.

Conditions that can be treated with Shockwave Therapy.

While this is not an exhaustive list, research has been completed on the following musculoskeletal conditions linking shockwave therapy with positive outcomes: 

  • Achilles Tendinopathy – This is an injury to the achilles tendon which connects the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calf muscles) to the heel. 
  • Buritis – This is a condition where bursa become inflamed leading to pain and dysfunction. Bursa are fluid filled sacs that assist with movement of our bodies. They do this through facilitating gliding of tendons and reducing friction. 
  • Shin splints – This condition is known as medial tibial stress syndrome. It is characterized by pain in the anterior aspect of the leg below the knee (shin). 
  • Plantar fasciitis – A painful condition experienced in the heel of the foot.
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) – Pain and decreased function experienced at the elbow that result in reduced grip strength.
  • Patellar tendinosis (jumper’s knee) – Experienced as pain in the patellar tendon which is located just inferior to the patella (knee cap)
  • Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff (found in the shoulder) – This is a condition that is characterized by build up of calcium deposits in the rotator cuff tendons. These tendons are found in the shoulder complex

Our commitment at Actin Physiotherapy is to provide our patients with evidence based information so that they can make the best decision regarding their health. Shockwave therapy can be an important part of our treatment plans where it indicated.

Furthermore, Shockwave therapy can be offered in conjunction with exercise, activity modifications, and other therapies. Our physiotherapists at Actin Physiotherapy will explain the pros and cons of any treatment option, and monitor your progress so that adjustments can be made as needed. 

The Bottom Line

Shockwave is an effective tool that we have invested in to ensure we have evidence based options at our disposal. Studies show that Shockwave can be effective at treating conditions listed above. It is a non-invasive option that can be effectively incorporated into patient treatment plans.

Before starting treatment our physiotherapists at Actin Physiotherapy in Richmond will review the relevant benefits and limitations. You should have a clear understanding of your condition(s) and what to expect during treatment and recovery. We are always happy to help and answer any questions you may have. 

Shockwave is associated with improvement in the above conditions in a majority of people. Individual results vary across studies. Unfortunately some people with these conditions may not respond to shockwave therapy. 

While research supports the use of shockwave, it is not perfectly efficient at resolving the musculoskeletal conditions listed above in 100% of patients.

Despite all of this, a minority of people do not respond to Shockwave therapy.

After completing his Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia, Manu has provided physiotherapy care in a variety of settings. He has worked in intensive care units, exercise based functional rehab programs, and outpatient clinics.

Manu Nijjar

Registered Physiotherapist

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