Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (often referred to as “Shockwave Therapy”) is a newer treatment approach for various musculoskeletal disorders.
A large number of studies, including systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials have been published in reputable peer reviewed scientific journals supporting the efficacy of this treatment approach. For this reason, shockwave therapy has become very popular. The literature is most supportive of its use in treating tendon disorders such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis (tendinopathy / tendinosis), certain rotator cuff injuries and plantar fasciitis (fasciosis).
At Burlington Sports Therapy, we offer Shockwave Therapy using the Swiss Dolorclast device. It has been used in the majority of independent scientific studies, so our clinic is able to review the best literature and accurately match the methodology used in successful clinical trials. To perform the treatment, the practitioner places the treatment head on the area of injury, and compressed air accelerates a projectile at high speed. This energy is converted into a shock wave delivered to the target tissue through the skin. The impulses are delivered at various frequencies and pressure, depending on the tolerance of the patient.