Shockwave therapy is a form of treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and relieve pain in damaged tissues. It has been used in the treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, including those sustained by athletes during sports activities. Athletes use shockwave therapy for injuries, as it has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and promoting healing in many cases. It is particularly useful for injuries that are slow to heal or have not responded well to other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or medications.
When considering shockwave therapy for your injury, it is important to speak with a member of our Body Smart Health team who is trained in the use of this treatment. Our team will be able to assess the injury and determine whether shockwave therapy is appropriate in your case. In general, shockwave therapy may be considered for injuries that involve damage to the tendons, muscles, or bones, including strains, sprains, and fractures. The success rate of shockwave therapy for injuries varies depending on the type and severity of the injury, as well as the individual’s response to treatment. However, many people who have received shockwave therapy have reported significant improvements in their symptoms, including reduced pain and increased mobility.
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As for the question of whether shockwave therapy works on ligaments, the answer is yes. Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of ligament injuries, such as tears and sprains, as well as other types of soft tissue injuries. However, as with any treatment, the effectiveness of shockwave therapy will depend on the individual patient and their specific injury. Shockwave therapy is typically administered by a trained medical professional, such as a doctor or physical therapist. During the treatment, the provider will apply a device that generates high-energy sound waves to the injured area. These sound waves pass through the skin and tissue to reach the underlying damaged tissue, where they stimulate healing and reduce pain.
- Tendons (Achilles, Patellar, Tennis Elbow, and more)
- Bones (Shin splints, GTPS)
- Muscles (Trigger points, muscle pain, hypertonia)
- Connective Tissue (plantar fasciopathy, trigger finger, scar tissue)
Shockwave therapy is usually well-tolerated and has few side effects. Some of our patients experience a temporary discomfort or a sensation of tingling or buzzing during the treatment, but these side effects are usually mild and resolve quickly. In general, shockwave therapy is considered a safe and effective treatment option for many types of sports injuries. It can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or medications, to help athletes recover from their injuries and return to their sport as quickly as possible.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that shockwave therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It may not be appropriate for everyone, and it may not work for all types of injuries. It is always best to speak with a medical professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific injury. Call us 604-888-1177 to find out if you are a good candidate for Shockwave Therapy.