FAQ

Common Questions About Shockwave

How effective is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is highly effective and studies reveal 70- 90% success rate.
Who gets shockwave therapy?
Almost anyone can receive shockwave therapy. However, some people are not appropriate for this treatment.

This includes:
Patients on anticoagulant therapy (blood thinners)
Malignancy (cancer) in the area to be treated
Severe or uncontrolled diabetes 
Medical conditions that affect your ability to feel stimulus such as spinal cord injury
Active local infections 

Is shockwave therapy safe?
Yes. When performed by medical professionals it is a safe and non-invasive medical treatment. You will undergo a full medical history and physical therapy exam. You will one assessed, diagnosed and at this time treatment options will be explored with you1
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How does shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave therapy sends short blasts of energy into your cells and tissue. This can cause cellular activation that leads to tissue renewal and regeneration. 

These sound waves break down inflammation, remove scar tissue and increase muscle strength.
How long does it take to get results from shockwave therapy?
There is no exact timeline of when patients begin to respond to the treatment. However, many patients feel immediate relief from pain.  Shockwave therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. This means that it will take time for the body to heal from the shockwave treatment.

Before Your Appointment

What should I expect on my first visit?
You will be first be greeted by our patient care coordinator and we will guide you through any questions you may have. Before you meet your physiotherapist, patients will complete a personal history questionnaire.

After the medical history form is complete, our clinical assistant will bring you into the treatment area. Our Registered Physio will meet with you to discuss any problems and concerns. Primarily, the Physio will assess your condition and diagnose the problem.

A treatment plan will be created and discussed to meet the individual need of each patient. 
What should I bring?
Just bring yourself and some comfortable and loose fitting clothing. If you forget clothing, no problem! We have plenty of clean supplies for you to borrow.

Don't forget:
AHS card
Relevant insurance information
Doctor referral notes (not required) 

Where are we located?
We are located within Coronation Physiotherapy Centre at #142, 14315 118 Ave, Edmonton, AB. If you have any issues finding us, please call 780.705.5774 and our customer care team will assist you .
Is there parking ?
Yes and parking is free located right in front of the building. We are located on ground level, wheel chair accessible and no elevators to worry about. 
How long will the appointment take?
Typically the first and assessment will take longer, so budget four about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Follow up appointments range from 30 min to 1 hour. 

Insurance Questions

Do you direct bill to my insurance company? Is this covered if i have physiotherapy benefits?
All of our treatments at Regenerate Shockwave Therapy are performed by a Registered Physiotherapist. This means that you will be assessed, diagnosed, and treated by a physiotherapist. We direct bill to most insurance providers. You can call us to find out if we direct bill to your insurance company!
I got into a Motor Vehicle Accident. What now?
Call us immediately so we can walk you through the necessary steps to start your claim. Let us handle the rest! 780.705.5774

What to Expect During The Treatment

How long does it take to get the results from shockwave therapy?
There is no exact timeline of when patients will begin to respond to the treatment. However, many patients feel immediate relief from pain.

Shockwave therapy is a form of regenerative medicine. This means that it will take time for the body to heal from the shockwave treatment. Full healing can take 3 months, although most of our patients report immediate changes within the first or second week. In some bone conditions, such as non-union, fractures, and significant trauma, 6 months may be required for optimal healing.

 Please keep in mind that treatment is rarely used in isolation and you may be required to perform home exercises to optimize the healing process! 

Can I continue my stretches and exercise program while doing shockwave?
Typically, shockwave is administer with no down time. This means you can continue you normal level of activity and sports. However, your physiotherapist will direct you on activities to perform, modify or avoid.
Will the physical therapist perform the whole treatment?
A physiotherapist is a skilled medical practitioner who is an expert in exercise, body movement and rehabilitation. They will assess, diagnose and treat your condition. 
Does shockwave therapy or other physio hurt?
Although some people report some mild discomfort when assessing and treating their injury, this pain is always described as tolerable and necessary. Always let your therapist know how you are feeling and they will adjust pressure and techniques as required.