Shockwave Therapy

Banff Physical Therapy is proud offer the latest Shockwave Therapy Electromagnetic technology, the Zimmer enPulsPro Radial Shockwave!

Shockwave Therapy is an effective, non-invasive therapy used to promote the healing process of soft tissue injuries.

How does Shockwave Therapy work?

  • Formation of new blood vessels
  • Reversal of chronic inflammation process
  • Stimulation of collagen production, which is required for tissue repair
  • Breakdown of calcium deposits or calcifications
  • Dispersion of painful chemicals out of the painful area

What conditions can benefit from Shockwave Therapy treatment?

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
  • Hamstring strains
  • Hip bursitis, gluteal tendonitis, or groin strains
  • Inflammation and calcification of shoulder tendons (ie. rotator cuff and biceps tendons)
  • Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow (medial and lateral epicondylitis)
  • Stress fractures
  • Ilio-tibial band friction syndrome

What are the contra-indications to Shockwave Therapy treatments?

  • Pregnancy
  • Circulation or nerve disorders
  • Taking oral anti-coagulant medication
  • Steroid injection within 6 weeks of treatment
  • Pacemaker or metal implant
  • Cancer
  • Infection or skin abrasion at the treatment site

During our initial assessment, we will do a thorough evaluation to assure that you will benefit from Shockwave Therapy and that it is a safe modality for you.

What are the possible side effects caused by Shockwave Therapy?

  • Temporary swelling or redness
  • Temporary numbness or itching
  • Bruising

Does it hurt?

There may be some discomfort during the treatment, but most patients are able to tolerate this quite well. Additionally, the intensity of treatment can be adjusted by the therapist during the treatment. After treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as being very tolerable and it may last from a few hours to several days.

What should I do after a Shockwave Therapy treatment?

Shockwave therapy produces an acute inflammatory process in the treated regions. Your body responds by increasing the metabolic activity around the impacted area which in turn stimulates and accelerated the body’s own healing mechanisms. Therefore, do not use anti-inflammatory medication or cold therapy, as this will interfere with the body’s self-healing processes. If needed you can use Tylenol for pain control.

How much activity can I do after treatment?

The amount of activity allowed after treatment will depend on the individual. Please ask your therapist for specific recommendations.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatments are usually once per week for 3 to 6 weeks. This is variable depending on the patient, their condition, and their response to treatment.

For more information on shockwave therapy, feel free to contact our clinic by email at