Shockwave Therapy

In Edmonton


Shockwave therapy is becoming increasingly common in physiotherapy. Also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), uses much lower energy as compared to medical applications, and is used to treat conditions that involve ligaments and tendons. The soft energy that is used in this modality enables the body to initiate a natural healing process by accelerating pro collagen synthesis, and this is most commonly used in pain management and in the treatment of muscular spasms.


Shockwave therapy is one of the most commonly used solutions for the treatment of chronic pain. This works by limiting the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Though this may initially trigger tenderness or swelling, it also initiates a natural healing process, thereby enabling the body to heal on its own. This form of therapy also does not require extra rest days, and you may able to return to work almost immediately.


  • Shockwave therapy may help one or more of these conditions:
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Hip bursitis
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Muscle injuries
  • Epicondylitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Insertional pain
  • Chronic tendinopathy


At In step physical therapy, Edmonton, our registered physiotherapist will first analyse your situation and assess suitability of shockwave therapy to your condition. A typical treatment session will last between 3 and 5 minutes. It is not uncommon to experience mild discomfort during the course of the treatment. But, you can always let the physiotherapist know and he/she will adjust intensity to suit your comfort levels. You might need more than one session in order to experience a cumulative effect of the treatment. Ideally you should feel better in 2-4 sessions. Shockwave therapy is also covered by most health insurance plans.


Another rapidly spreading health innovation filling a much needed gap in the world of injury repair, and as always Instep physical Therapy is there to help treating clients with latest advanced research proven medical technology. Instep is glad to announce the provision of shockwave therapy service in the facility.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwaves are a natural phenomenon occurring in nature when lightning strikes or a plane exceeds the speed of sound.

In medicine it has been used to break up kidney stones without the need for surgery for 40 years. Over 25 years ago it was discovered shockwaves could cause bones that wouldn’t heal to spontaneously heal again. Scientists realized that shockwaves, a special type of sound, were able to cause bone, tendon, ligament and other cells to regenerate and finish healing in even the oldest of chronic injuries.

Until then, injuries like plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, jumpers knee, hip bursitis, shin splints, stress fractures, calcific tendonitis deposits and others were often difficult to impossible to heal. Shockwave has emerged as one of the only treatments that reliably makes tendon to bone or ligament to bone junction injuries heal. The high-energy acoustic waves non-surgically penetrate the soft tissues, targeting damaged areas, stimulating new blood vessel growth and regeneration in bones, tendon and ligaments.


Non-Surgical Treatment
No Side Effects
Accelerates Healing

Very High Success Rate

Drug-Free Treatment
Only 3 to 6 Visits Required in most of the conditions.

Is Shockwave Right for Me?

Shockwave Therapy has shown to be effective in the treatment of the following conditions:

Stress fractures, Tendonitis/tendinopathy ,Muscle shortening/tightness ,Trigger points ,Calcific tendinosis, Muscle strains,Ligamentsprains, Scar tissue, Heterotopic ossification (myositis ossificans),Cellulite ,Wrinkles, Lymphedema

Plantar fasciitis, Heel spurs,Metatarsalgia,Morton’s neuroma,Hallux rigidus,Achilles tendonitis ,Shin splints

Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinopathy),Osgood Schlatter ,Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome ,Patella tracking pain

Bursitis,Piriformis syndrome

Chronic Pai

Frozen shoulder,Bursitis,Calcific rotator cuff,Supraspinatus ,Infraspinatus,Subscapularis,Biceps tendinitis

Tennis and golfer’s elbow

Dupuytren’s contracture

Is Shockwave Right for Me?

  • Cancer in or around the treatment area
  • If you are using blood thinning medications such as Coumadin or Heparin
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Cortisone injection in last month on injured site

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