Shockwave therapy treats:

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  • Pain of the Forearm Muscles known as Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfer’s elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Wrist, hand, and finger numbness and tingling
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  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin splints)
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  • Shoulder & Rotator Cuff Pain
  • Cervical Syndrome (chronic neck pain)
  • Calcific Tendonitis (calcareous shoulder)
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Piriformis syndrome & Sciatica (Pain travelling down the leg)
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Heel spur


Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a treatment commonly used in orthopedics and sports. It involves the use of a series of acoustic waves, transmitted through the skin. These waves will be pulsed over the injured areas, using ultrasound gel as a conductive medium. It offers dramatic pain relief and restoration of mobility that is non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free. It is extremely effective in treating muscular and tendon injuries, repetitive strain injuries, plantar fasciitis, knee, elbow, and shoulder injuries, and can be used for both acute and chronic pain. For the complete list of conditions treated, please click HERE

The principle behind shockwaves are that when high energy waves are pulsed into an injured area, which leads to:

  • A controlled inflammatory response – ESWT creates a controlled inflammatory response that signals the body to breakdown damaged tissue, and create new and healthy tissue.
  • Production of Lubricin – Lubricin lubricates the joint surfaces, and provides a cushioning effect by storing and dissipating the energy created during impact. Lubricin decreases with age.
  • Angiogenesis – New blood vessels are created which brings more blood to the damaged area. The restoration of blood to the injured areas speeds up the healing process.
  • Analgesia/pain relief – some patients report total, or near total pain-relief within 1-2 sessions.

For optimal results, we recommend a series of 4 treatments, each done a week apart, followed by at least 2 months of rest. Each treatment will typically take around 10-15mins.

Here are some abstracts from scientific studies done on ESWT:

  • “The most favorable outcomes for use of ESWT have been seen in randomized controlled trials of its use in patients with calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff” (Harniman et al. 2004, Cosentino et al. 2003, Loew et al. 1999, Wang 2003).
  • “ESWT has been shown to be an effective intervention for Achilles tendinopathy, when compared with a no-treatment approach or when combined in a multimodal treatment approach.” (Rompe et al. 2007)
  • “ESWT was an effective treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis, in particular high-energy ESWT, given the relatively higher success rates and quicker resolution of symptoms when compared with low-energy ESWT.” (Ronald De Vera Barredo, Dale Menna, and James Farris at Tennessee State University and Arkansas State University.)
  • “75% of patients with patellar tendonitis would see improvement after treatment with ESWT. Additionally, no adverse effects or complications were identified, leading the authors to recommend additional research into shockwave therapy not only as an alternative to surgery in chronic cases, but as a first- or second-line treatment for less severe cases of patellar tendonitis.” (University of Groningen in the Netherlands reviewed seven trials of ESWT for patellar tendonitis.)
  • “More effective than corticosteroid injections for plantar fasciitis.” (Pain Med 2016:17:1722-1731)

You can read more scientific studies here.

The most common side effect is temporary redness of the skin. This usually fades within the hour. Some people report very slight bruising, which typically clear up within a few days.