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NATUROPATHIC TREATMENTS

WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (SWT)

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (SWT)

We now offer Shockwave Therapy (SWT) at Port Moody Health!

SWT has been used medically since the 1980’s and was first discovered as a way to break up kidney stones. Further applications have demonstrated SWT as an effective treatment for chronic muscle and tendon injuries.

SWT is indicated for:

  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome 
  • Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff injuries 
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Proximal hamstring tendonitis
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Dupuytren’s contracture

During SWT a mechanical vibration or “shock” is repeatedly delivered to the injured area. This is helpful in chronic injuries, over six months in duration, as it increases circulation and allows for remodelling of soft tissue.  SWT breaks up calcium and scar tissue deposits, stimulates new blood vessel formation and metabolism to speed up healing, activates the body’s innate healing response that has been shut off during a chronic injury and diminishes pain.

Individual SWT treatments last 15-20 minutes with no residual downtime.  Patients can return to daily activities that day.  Most injuries respond best to a total of 4-6 sessions, with a marked reduction in pain after 3 sessions. 

If you are interested if Shockwave Therapy can be of benefit to you, please reach out to one of our Care Coordinators.