Laser and shockwave therapies are safe and effective ways to significantly reduce pain and inflammation associated with many musculoskeletal conditions, such as tendonitis and bursitis, arthritis, inflammation, and many other sports injuries.
The team at Stride Orthotics & Rehab administer laser and/or shockwave therapy as prescribed by your doctor, in a comfortable setting to provide a positive experience.
Laser and shockwave therapy treatments performed in our clinics are a non-invasive treatment option to speed up the natural healing response of the body. These quick sessions reduce pain with minimal side effects. The result is a safe, convenient way to treat discomfort from injury, especially conditions that have become chronic and have not responded to traditional therapies or modalities.
Use laser and shockwave therapy to treat conditions such as:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Cervical (neck pain)
- Elbow and joint pain
- Knee and joint pain
- Lower body pain
- Lumbar (low back) and sciatic pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Pathologies, Tendonitis, Bursitis, inflammation
- Soft tissue injuries
- Wrist pain
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
ESWT helps relieve pain by sending a series of sound waves to the injured part of your body. An inflammatory response occurs due to this mechanical force, which is your body’s natural healing process. The ESWT process causes an increase in blood circulation and metabolism to the injured area. This non-invasive therapy is an effective treatment option for chronic conditions that have not responded to traditional therapies
What Conditions are treated with ESWT
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff pathologies/tendonits/bursitis
- Shin Splints
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow (Epicondylitis)
Class IV Laser Therapy
This type of treatment uses photonic energy (light energy) to deeply penetrate the tissue of the injured area of your body. This stimulates your body’s natural healing processes by increasing blood flow and metabolism to the affected tissue.
Class IV laser therapy is effective because damaged cells have been shown to accept photon energy better than normal, healthy cells. This is known as photobiostimulation, and is proven to heal pain faster and get you moving again.
Benefits of Class IV laser therapy:
- Reduces pain and inflammation quickly
- Increases blood flow, metabolism, collagen production, and vascular activity in the affected area
- Improves nerve conduction
- Promotes faster healing of soft tissue and bones
- Helps create new blood vessels
- Decreases muscle spasm and pain
Laser Therapy FAQs
How do I know if I need laser therapy or shockwave therapy?
Your physician will present the best treatment options for your diagnosis, which may include one or a combination of these therapies.
How often will I have to have laser or shockwave therapy?
Your physician will decide on which treatment(s) and the duration. In most cases you’ll only have to come in once per week.
Do I need both shockwave and Class IV laser therapy?
Depending on your diagnosis, having both treatments during the same session may be appropriate to provide accelerated healing. Your physician will discuss combined treatment options with you.
What are the side effects of ESWT or laser therapy?
You may experience some swelling, redness, and pain during therapy, but these symptoms usually disappear with a few hours.
How long does therapy take?
Most treatments take about 5 – 15 minutes.
Is everyone a candidate for shockwave or laser therapy?
No, not everyone is a candidate for Shockwave or Laser Therapy. There are pre-existing conditions, medications, pregnancy, if treatment would be in an area of the body that has cancerous cells or tumours, etc. that would exclude you from these treatments. It is important to have a referral from your physician recommending these treatments prior to the start of treatment.
We Focus on Your Well-Being
We believe there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to providing personalized laser and shockwave therapy services. We prioritize your ongoing healthcare needs with complimentary consultation, assessment, and follow-up appointments.
You’ll enjoy a patient experience that is entirely focused on your well-being. We receive referrals from a variety of specialists including family physicians, paediatricians, rheumatologists, and orthopaedic surgeons for a large range of conditions affecting patients of all ages.
Stride Orthotics & Rehab has been treating patients in Peterborough, Brampton, and the Greater Toronto Area for over 20 years, and are proud of the long-term relationships we’ve built within the medical and patient communities. Our mission is to help patients return to a healthy lifestyle and get back to doing the things they love by providing excellent products and attentive service they can have confidence in!