Shockwave Therapy

At Leaside Sports Medicine, we proudly offer shockwave therapy as part of our services. Our therapists and doctors use shockwave therapy to improve the body’s natural healing process for chronic tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and more. This helps us reduce your pain and guide you toward a full recovery.

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What is Shockwave Therapy?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive technique that uses acoustic waves to break up the soft tissue and tissues in order to stimulate tissue healing and relieve pain.

During a session, a specialized device generates and directs the acoustic waves to the targeted areas. As these waves pass through the skin and into the underlying tissue, they create a series of micro-traumas that trigger the body’s natural healing response. This process stimulates collagen production, increases blood flow, and reduces inflammation, ultimately improving tissue health and reducing pain.

How We Can Help

Shockwave therapy can help treat the following:

Achilles tendonitis

Plantar fasciitis

Tennis elbow

Calcified tissue


And more

Shockwave therapy machine at Leaside Sports Medicine

Shockwave Therapy Applications

GAIT and running analysis

Running Injuries

Shockwave therapy effectively reduces chronic pain and promotes faster healing of injured tissues.

Overuse injuries from running, like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, are great candidates for shockwave therapy sessions.

Physiotherapist addressing knee pain in a client

Non-Invasive Treatment

Unlike surgical procedures, shockwave therapy is non-invasive and requires little recovery time.

This makes it an attractive option for active individuals who prefer a more conservative approach to pain management. 

Shockwave therapy for tennis elbow

Tennis Elbow

Shockwave therapy is highly effective in treating tennis elbow, a common overuse injury.

Shockwave therapy can significantly reduce pain and promote faster recovery by increasing local blood flow to the elbow, getting you back on the court sooner.

Our Shockwave Therapy Treatment Process

Initial Assessment

At Leaside Sports Medicine, your physiotherapist performs a thorough initial consultation to identify areas of pain and dysfunction that could benefit from shockwave therapy and other modalities our practitioners offer.

This assessment further guides us in developing a comprehensive treatment plan, ensuring we help you in the best way possible.

Individualized Treatment Plan

Once the target area has been identified, a specialized gel is applied to the skin to facilitate the transmission of the acoustic waves. The shockwave therapy device is then placed against the skin, and the treatment begins.

During the shockwave treatment, you may feel a mild discomfort or tingling sensation as the high-energy waves penetrate the tissue. Each session typically lasts between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on the size and location of the treatment area.

Healing Begins

After your shockwave therapy session, you may experience some minor soreness or discomfort in the treated area, which is a normal response to the micro-trauma induced by the acoustic waves.

Most patients require between one to three sessions, spaced a week apart, to achieve optimal results. However, the exact number of sessions varies on a case-by-case basis.

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