Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy in Surrey


Clayton Heights Sports & Therapy Center offers shockwave sports injury therapy in Surrey to treat chronic tendon problems, such as tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, and more. As a multidisciplinary device, shockwave therapy is used in sports medicine, physiotherapy, orthopaedics, urology, and veterinary medicine. It is known for fast pain relief and mobile restoration. Being a non-surgical therapy that does not need painkillers, it is an ideal therapy to cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain.

Mechanism of Action

Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic, and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues. 

Shockwaves are characterized by jump change in pressure, high amplitude, and non-periodicity. The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.

Medical Effects

The acoustic waves used in shockwave therapy interact with tissues, causing overall medical effects of tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia, and mobility restoration. 

  • New Blood Vessel Formation Nutrient blood flow is required to start and maintain the repair processes of damaged tissue. Acoustic waves create capillary micro-ruptures in tendon and bone.

  • Reversal of Chronic Inflammation Mast cells are the key components of the inflammatory process. Using pervasive acoustic waves can increase their activity.

  • Stimulation of Collagen Production The production of a sufficient amount of collagen is a necessary precondition for the repair processes of the damaged myoskeletal and ligamentous structures. Shockwave therapy accelerates procollagen synthesis.

  • Dissolution of Calcified Fibroblasts Calcium build-up is most often the result of micro-tears or other trauma to a tendon. Acoustic waves break up the existing calcifications.

  • Dispersion of Pain Mediator “Substance P” Substance P is a neurotransmitter that mediates pain information through the C-fibers. This neuropeptide is generally associated with intense, persistent and chronic pain.

  • Release of Trigger Points Trigger points are the main causes of pain in the back, neck, shoulder, and limbs. Acoustic waves that are delivered unblock the calcium pump and thus reverse the metabolic crisis to release the trigger points.

Indications

Signs that indicate you require shockwave therapy are:

  • Painful shoulder
  • Heel spur
  • Chronic tendinopathy
  • Calcifications
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Tennis elbow
  • Insertional pain
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Hip pain
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