Shockwave Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain

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What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions. If conservative treatments such as cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, splints, braces, orthotics, or physical therapy have failed to relieve your pain, then ESWT may be right for you.

An extracorporeal shockwave is defined as a non-invasive, acoustic wave that passes through the body via a handheld probe. The shockwaves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time, especially with chronic conditions.

The breakdown of scar tissue is the key to why shock wave therapy is so effective. Unlike normal elasticated tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it, often causing further damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, shockwave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. The normal function can then be restored.

Shockwave Therapy or ESWT  is also called Pressure Wave, Pulse Wave, or Sonic Wave Therapy.


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What does Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) treat?


  • Ankle / Foot Pain
    • Plantar Fasciitis ( Heel Spurs)
    • Achilles Tendinitis
    • Sprain / Strain
  • Wrist Pain
    • Carpal Tunnel
    • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Shoulder Pain
    • Rotator Cuff Strain
    • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Neck Pain
    • Cervical Sprain / Strain
    • Headaches originating from neck pain
  • Elbow Pain
    • Tennis Elbow 
    • Golfer’s Elbow 
    • Pitcher’s Elbow 
    • Little League Elbow 
    • Elbow overuse / strain
  • Back & Hip Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Bursitis
    • Sciatica
    • ITB / Iliotibial Band Syndrome
    • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome ( Shin Splints )
  • Knee Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Patellar Tendinitis / Jumper’s Knee
    • Ligament / Meniscal Injuries
  • Muscle Sprains / Strains
    • Calf Strain
    • Hamstring Strain
  • Chronic Tendinitis
  • Calcification
  • Scar Tissue
  • Stress Fractures
  • Trigger Points
  • Enhances Bone Healing







Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) was featured on the popular TV show, The Doctors, for treatment of Plantar Fasciitis. See how simple, non-invasive, and painless this highly effective therapy really is.

ESWT ( Shockwave Therapy ) has been studied and featured by more than 100 research publications.

The abundance of published research on Shockwave Therapy includes double blind randomized controlled studies. To highlight just a few, 250 patients with Plantar Fasciitis were divided into groups and the ones that received ESWT experienced significant reduction in pain compared to those that did not. In a study with MRI evidence of bone marrow inflammation in the knee joint as seen on MRI, there was statistically significant reduction of this finding on MRI at 6 months followed by complete resolution on MRI at 12 months after receiving ESWT. Bone inflammation (termed bony edema) has been found to be predictive of more significant pain levels in patients having knee arthritis and its resolution on MRI correlates with pain reduction and functional improvement.


These are just a few of the scientific journals which have published research studies on ESWT ( Shockwave Therapy ):

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