Shockwave therapy (SWT), also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing in damaged tissues and bones. It was originally developed to break up kidney stones, but its use has since expanded to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow and shoulder pain.

At North Vancouver Shockwave Therapy, a handheld device delivers sound waves to the affected area. The sound waves generate pulses of pressure that stimulate blood flow and increase metabolic activity, leading to the regeneration of damaged tissue. The treatment usually takes several sessions. The intensity and frequency of the shockwaves can be adjusted to suit the individual patient’s needs and level of pain.

Shockwave therapy is generally considered safe, with few side effects. Patients may experience some discomfort during the treatment and may have mild soreness or bruising afterward. It is important to note that shockwave therapy is not suitable for everyone, and your North Vancouver Chiropractor, Dr. Jabeen Jussa, will evaluate your condition and medical history before recommending the treatment.

It has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis – a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the bottom of the foot.
  • Tendinitis – inflammation of a tendon, which can cause pain and stiffness.
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow – a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the elbow.
  • Shoulder tendinopathy – a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the shoulder.
  • Chronic back and hip pain
  • Patellar tendinopathy – a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the knee.
  • Bursitis – hip and shoulder
  • Heel Spurs
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures

Shockwave therapy is generally safe and effective, but there are some contraindications where the treatment may not be recommended. Some of the contraindications for shockwave therapy include:

  • Pregnancy: Shockwave therapy is not recommended for pregnant women due to potential risks to the fetus.
  • Blood clotting disorders: Patients with bleeding disorders or who are taking anticoagulant medications may not be suitable for shockwave therapy. This includes patients who take a daily dose of aspirin, naproxen or advil.
  • Tumors: Shockwave therapy should not be used on or near areas of the body with known or suspected cancer or tumors.
  • Open wounds or infections: Shockwave therapy should not be used on areas of the body with open wounds, skin infections, or other active infections.
  • Nerve disorders: Patients with nerve disorders or neuropathy may not be suitable for shockwave therapy.
  • Pacemaker: Patients with a pacemaker or other implanted medical device may not be suitable for shockwave therapy.
  • Children: Shockwave therapy is not typically used on children, as their bones and tissues are still developing.

It is important to discuss any medical conditions or concerns with your doctor before undergoing shockwave therapy to determine if it is safe and appropriate for you. Feel free to contact us at North Vancouver Shockwave Therapy for any questions or to make sure you are a good candidate for this treatment.

Shockwave therapy is performed by our North Vancouver Chiropractor. Read here for more information about Dr. Jabeen Jussa

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How to book an appointment:

1) Book online: Click to book your shockwave therapy session with Dr. Jussa
2) Call (604) 980-4223
3) Most conditions require 2-6 treatments, one week apart
4) Fees: Initial visit $130. Follow up (20 min) $100. Billed under chiropractic session for insurance

Shockwave therapy for elbow tendinitis