Shock Wave Therapy

    Since the early 2000’s, the use of shock wave therapy on the musculoskeletal system has gained much credibility backed by evidence-based research. Over the past ten years, it has been widely used by therapists in the fields of rehabilitation medicine and sports injury management. 

    The therapeutic effects of shock wave therapy include reducing the transmission of C nerve fibers (responsible for pain transmission) to achieve pain relief, promoting blood circulation to increase the repair of local tissues, increasing lubricants around tendons, and activating mesenchymal stem cells to promote bone regeneration.

    Common clinical indications for use of shock wave therapy include:

  • Plantar fasciitis: According to research statistics, three sessions of shock wave therapy treatment can improve the pain in 80% of patients, and 80% of still feel the effects of treatment after one year 
  • Achilles tendinitis: Shock wave therapy combined with eccentric exercise can effectively manage symptoms
  • Patellar tendinitis: Commonly known as “Jumper’s knee,” and is often seen in athletes. Studies have shown that compared with the control group, shock wave therapy is still effective for patellar tendinitis one year after treatment.  
  • Greater trochanter pain syndrome: Mainly caused by injury or tightness of the surrounding hip joint muscles or due to synovial bursitis, which can be effectively relieved by shock wave therapy.
  • Tennis elbow: The incidence of tennis elbow is about 2% in the overall population. It is one of the most common forms of tendinitis, and may be caused by excessive use of the hand. Shock wave therapy can effectively treat tennis elbow pain, increase maximum grip strength, and improve overall hand function. 
  • Shoulder calcific tendinitis: Often causes extreme pain, and nighttime pain may be especially unbearable. In addition to rest and basic physical therapy treatment, shock wave therapy can help effectively promote blood circulation to the calcified area, so that the calcific deposit be absorbed as soon as possible. 
  • Myofascial tightness and trigger points: Superficial shock wave therapy used in combination with appropriate positioning of the affected area can help relieve tight, stiff fascia, promote sliding between the muscles and fascia, and improve tenderness and pain in the trigger point areas. 

    iBalance Clinic uses EMS Shock Wave Therapy equipment imported from Switzerland. For videos related to shock wave treatment, please refer to the original Youtube video:

    For more information on related therapies and treatments, please consult your physiatrist or physical therapist during your clinical visit.