Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive, relatively pain-free, outpatient alternative to surgery for those suffering from many joint and tendon disorders in Calgary, Alberta. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) sends high-acoustic shockwaves into the bone or soft tissue, in effect re-injuring the area on a cellular level and breaking up the scarring that has penetrated tendons and ligaments. The controlled re-injuring of tissue allows the body to regenerate blood vessels and bone cells.
Shockwave works for three reasons:
The shockwaves stimulate a metabolic reaction in the affected tissue, causing stress fibres to develop and change.
The shockwaves generate cavitation bubbles that break down calcific deposits.
The shockwaves induce an analgesic reaction mechanism.
Shockwave therapy is a method by which you can treat tendons that are otherwise not responding to traditional treatments. In the beginning, you will be assessed by your physiotherapist at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, who will determine whether you are eligible for the treatment or not. If you are eligible and choose to go ahead, you will begin a 3-6 week treatment process.
At the time of the treatment, you will lie on your front. A pillow will support your legs, and our doctor will then locate the area where there is pain. A gel is applied to your skin for a better transition of the shockwave. The shockwaves will then be administered via a compressed air impulse, which will probe the affected area. Get in touch with us to learn more and answer any questions you may have about Shockwave therapy in Calgary.
After each session, you will be able to get up and walk immediately, though you might experience some or all of the following symptoms after a few days:
These symptoms are typically persistent for a week after the treatment is complete. They come about late because shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response. You do not need to be worried if you face these symptoms since they are not a cause for alarm but only a sign that your body is healing naturally. In case you face any of these symptoms, it is crucial that you do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs. This is because the compounds and salts present in anti-inflammatory drugs can slow down that recovery process. After the treatment is complete, we recommend that you return to your regular schedule on an immediate basis.
If you feel that your symptoms are exceptionally severe and are causing you too much discomfort and pain or are present long after your treatment is fully complete, please get in touch with us.
Several conditions can benefit from using shockwave therapy. These include:
Shockwave therapy is not recommended for the following conditions:
Diabetes w Polyneuropathy
Presence of unfused growth plates
Cortisone 6 weeks or less prior
Now I must live happily ever after...
" Shockwave Therapy, in my opinion is going to revolutionize the world of medicine. After nine months suffering with an Achilles tendon injury, I finally admitted defeat! (No pun intended). I exhausted all my options including: icing, tension bandage, splint, shoes and stretching.
Currently, I have had five of the six treatments. There is a three month waiting period in which there could be more recovery. After my first session, I felt a definite improvement the next day. I would say I felt at least a 50% improvement. Each session thereafter, I gave it a cautiously optimistic rating of 10%. That means in three more months, I am expecting a “bionic” foot.
Before undergoing this treatment, I was in total agony. I had been limping from the pain, and it was beginning to affect my whole leg, because I was unable to move through a normal range of motion.
I need my feet so bad for my “athletic” intentions, so I am relieved to finally be able to use my feet without concentrating. I also can finally wear high heels. The sessions feel so good and relaxing, I could actually go to sleep, which would be a nice way to go to sleep every night.
I have always appreciated Dr. Russell and his technicians. Not only the shockwave sessions but every foot problem I have had in the past, Dr. Russell has been able to solve them!
After my second shockwave treatment, I then had to have a corn removed from my baby toe. My Achilles was so painful that I didn’t even notice how painful my toe was. So, obviously my Achilles pain had been somewhat relieved.
Now to work, run, hip hop and live is good again. This problem has been the hardest to overcome until I surrendered to the help of Dr. Russell and his new friend “Mr. Shockwave” machine. Now I must live happily ever after, pain free. "