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Is Shock Wave Therapy Painful? Here’s What You Need to Know

Written By Coates Chiropractic Clinic on December 16, 2019

shockwave therapyWhen you hear “shock wave therapy,” does it conjure up frightening images of electroshock therapy?

Good news: These are a totally different type of shock waves! 

If you’ve never fully recovered from hurting your knee on that hike in Three Mile Bend or throwing out your shoulder at River Bend Golf, shock waves may finally be the answer you’re looking for.

How Do Shock Waves Help the Body Heal?

With extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT), high-frequency sound waves penetrate deep below the skin’s surface to stimulate tissue regeneration. 

These shock waves stimulate your body’s natural inflammatory response. Remember that not all inflammation is evil. Acute and localized inflammation is your body’s natural tool for healing from damage and fighting infections. 

Studies show that ESWT can effectively reduce pain and improve function – especially in patients with tendonitis of the elbow, Achilles, and rotator cuff as well as plantar fasciitis. Plus, it’s all-natural, covered by insurance, and incredibly safe with minimal side effects – just some slight inflammation.

Comprehensive Shock Wave Therapy in Red Deer

On your first visit, Dr. Chris Senko will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history before ordering thermal imaging to gain a comprehensive understanding of your injury. 

From there, Dr. Senko will let you know if you’re a viable candidate for ESWT. If you are, you can begin treatment immediately! If not, Dr. Senko will offer other rehabilitation solutions like cold laser therapy. Depending on your condition, and may also suggest other treatments to encourage well-rounded healing such as massage therapy and home exercises.

Most patients notice results after one or two EWST sessions – which only take about five minutes. Dr. Senko typically recommends weekly treatments for three to six weeks.

Have an old injury that just won’t quit? Call 403-343-7898 to schedule an appointment at Coates Chiropractic Massage Therapy & Spinal Decompression in Red Deer now!



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