Shockwave Wave Therapy
MASTERPULS® MP100 »elite edition«
New technology to treat old pain is now in Windsor, Ontario!
Numerous FDA studies show how the MASTERPULS® has an 84% success rate for treating heel pain.
The Swiss made Storz MASTERPULS® radial shockwave system is one of the most successful systems worldwide today and is used to treat a great variety of orthopedic indications. The technology was originally used to treat kidney stones.
There are multiple ways that shockwaves can regenerate damaged tissue, accelerate the healing process, and reduce pain. Shockwaves can be used to break down the build-ups of calcification and scar tissue (excessive non-uniform human Band-Aid). These buildups are similar to what happens when people form kidney stones; however, they occur in the musculoskeletal tissue as well.
Another way that shockwaves function in healing is by stimulating tissue and bone cells, intentionally triggering an inflammatory response which basically stimulates the body to heal itself.
The response to the increased metabolic activity around the treatment area promotes the remodelling of dysfunctional collagenous tissues, such as tendinopathies, trigger points, muscle strains, etc. Transmission of pain can be diminished through neurological mechanisms (inhibition of nociceptors).
Shockwave technology provides strong acoustic energy pulses, that penetrate deep into the tissues and create “micro-cavitation bubbles” that expand and burst. The force created by this event enhances blood circulation and stimulates the cellular metabolism that is responsible for bone and connective tissue healing.
Shockwave therapy treatments have proven to be effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself.
BENEFITS of Shockwave Therapy
- Highly Effective
- Minimal Negative Side Effects
- Accelerated Healing
- Shorter Duration of Treatments
- Improvements After 3 Sessions in Most Cases
- No Risk of Infection
- No Down Time
- Affordable Treatments
- No Scarring
- 84% Success Rate (as per clinical studies)
The following is a list of conditions that can be treated with Shockwave Therapy:
- Plantar Fasciitis Pain
- Heel spurs
- Calcific Tendonitis (shoulder etc)
- Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Myofascial muscular trigger points
- Biceps Tendonitis
- Shin Splints
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Lumbar and cervical spine pain
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Trigger Finger and more
Shockwave treatments are usually done once a week for somewhere between 3-5 weeks, but this will vary on a case-by-case basis, depending on individual results and the severity of each case.
During the treatment session, gel is applied to the skin; while the therapist glides the applicator head over the pre-determined area, he/she will adjust the intensity to tolerance. Approximately 2000 shocks are administered, once per week, over a period of a few minutes. Some patients and conditions require more shocks and duration, depending on variants.
Normal activities can be resumed after shockwave, although it is not recommended to resume high impact activities for 72 hours following the treatment.
There may or may not be some mild discomfort during and/or up to 2-4 hours following therapy. Temporary side effects you could potentially expect are: reddening of the skin, soreness, tenderness, pain, numbness, or tingling. Bruising and /or swelling can occur in some cases and in very rare cases it can last longer and resolve within 1-3 days.
Any pain following therapy is generally a result of the body’s inflammatory response, which is part of the natural process allowing the body to heal itself, and therefore you should not use anti-inflammatory medications or ice to treat the discomfort. The pain should subside within 24 hours and Tylenol can be used if necessary, assuming no contra-indication to this type of medication. Cortisone is a steroidal anti-inflammatory and therefore injections should not be received within 60 days of the treatments over the same area.
Side effects can be more serious in certain patients and should not be used on patients with: circulation or local nerve disorders, infection, open wound, tumor, metabolic bone conditions, or someone potentially taking blood thinners. Shockwave therapy should also not be performed on pregnant women.
Contra-indications inclusive but not limited to:
- Tumor diseases, carcinoma, cancer patients: past or present
- Coagulation disorders, thrombosis, heart, circulatory patients or those
- Use of blood thinners may cause more bruising
- Infection in the target area
- Use of Anti-inflammatory medication (eg. Advil (Ibuprofen), Naproxen,
Meloxicam) up to 1 week before first treatment
- Cortisone therapy up to 6O days before first treatment
Is Shockwave Therapy covered by my insurance?
If you have insurance(Chiropodist, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist) you can ask your provider about the suitability of this modality for your issue and the requirements of your coverage, which you would then need to determine through your expended coverage. Most individuals require between 3 up to 5 treatments.
Our shockwave therapy treatments include an assessment (if you are not currently a patient of the Clinic) with a Total of $250-$420, depending on your condition.