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At Pro Health Oshawa Physio & Rehab Clinic, we have state-of-the-art equipment and tools to provide utmost care and treatment to residents of Waterloo. Shockwave therapy has been in use from past 4 decades and have been an effective treatment for a variety of conditions.

Shockwave therapy is non-invasive non-surgical treatment modality which is used to treat variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It uses mechanical energy with a pneumatic generator to deliver high-intensity sound waves or acoustic waves exposed directly to the injured area. These high-powered sound waves improve blood circulation, break up the calcium deposits, and speed up the healing process. 

Shockwave therapy equipment in Oshawa Apollo Shockwave Therapy Equipment - A state-of-the-art device used in our ProHealth Oshawa Physiotherapy Clinic. The equipment consists of a handheld device that emits shockwaves for therapeutic purposes. It is designed to treat musculoskeletal conditions and promote healing. The device features advanced technology and adjustable settings for precise and effective treatment. It is an essential tool in our clinic for providing non-invasive and targeted shockwave therapy to our patients.

Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for which conditions?

Most of the chronic conditions that uses shockwave therapy as a treatment are related to large sized tendons and their insertions in bones. It also has beneficial effects on cartilage and surrounding tissues.

Some of the commonly treated conditions are:

  • Plantar fasciitis/ Heel Spurs
  • Achilles tendonopathy
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis
  • Lateral epicondylosis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylosis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Morton’s neuroma.
  • Chronic stress/non-union fractures.
  • Shoulder pain
  • Big toe joint pain
  • Knee pain/ Osteoarthritis
  • Calcific tendonitis (supraspinatus tendon)
  • Patellar tendinosis (jumper’s knee)
  • Gout
  • Injuries caused by trauma
  • Athletic Injuries

Certainly, shockwave therapy is one important part of our comprehensive physiotherapy treatment plan to counter the condition. Our physiotherapists at the Waterloo clinic are experienced knowledgeable to determine whether shockwave therapy is a right choice for you! Book a consultation with one of our physiotherapists!

How does RPT work?

The enPuls device delivers mechanical energy into the target tissue. The energy will treat muscle pain and help increase the circulation in the area being treated. It also affects the tissue tone in a positive way making your clinicians other therapies more effective.

Your chronic pain may be related to scar tissue and adhesions formed either in soft tissue or tendon / ligament post injury. A treatment with the enPuls effectively presses the reset button on chronic scarred and hard-to-treat soft tissue. Scar tissue or adhesions in many cases adheres to and puts pressure on nerves which can result in pain. By breaking up the scarring and adhesions this helps take the pressure off the nerve and increases circulation to the area which helps the body heal itself more efficiently. Plus, this will help with range of motion.

Is it normal to experience pain during treatment?

Radial Pulse Therapy (RPT) creates a mechanical stress that may cause mild discomfort during treatment. Depending on the desired depth of penetration, varying amounts of energy may be utilized to create the desired effect and some soreness may be experienced post-treatment.

Is it normal to experience pain during treatment?

Most patients report some pain relief after the first treatment. However, the affects are most prominent after the second or third treatment. Your clinician will be able to help you through this process as every patient based on their condition may respond differently.

How many treatments are required on average?

The normal number of treatments for most conditions is 3 to 4, but certain conditions may require up to a maximum of 9 treatments. Four to 10 days between treatments is recommended for the body to recover naturally. If the maximum of 9 treatments is required, it is advisable to wait 4 to 6 weeks before the next treatment to the same area of the body.

Can I continue playing sports or normal physical exercise after RPT?

Physical exercise promotes metabolism and the restructuring processes in the tissue. It is normal to continue your physical activities within guidelines set by your health care provider.

Absolutely, just as other modalities shockwave therapy is a perfectly safe and effective treatment. Mild discomfort with mild swelling, bruise is common and expected inflammatory response of the therapy treatment.

Shockwave therapy is a quick treatment modality that takes up to 15 - 20 minutes per session after the first assessment of the patient’s condition.

Shockwave therapy is safe, effective, fast, pain free treatment.

Shockwave therapy is perfectly safe therapy for most patients. Our physiotherapists would be able to determine if this is the right choice for treating your condition.

Shockwave therapy is a commonly used term for Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) and are the same modalities.

Yes! Plantar fasciitis is one of the commonly treated condition with our physiotherapists including Physiotherapy, shockwave therapy and custom orthotics.

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