Shockwave Therapy & Achilles Tendinosis

Radial shockwave therapy for Achilles Tendinosis – Vancouver physiotherapist provides treatment for heel pain at downtown YWCA – (Electra Health Floor)

High success rates (as high as 90% after only 3 to 5 treatments) treating Achilles Tendinosis with radial shockwave therapy

The Achilles tendon is the large tendon at the back of the ankle, which joins the heel bone to your calf muscles. The calf muscles, in conjunction with the Achilles tendon, are responsible for raising up onto ones toes, primarily when walking or running. It is a common source of pain for many individuals, and can come on with an acute incident, or gradually over time. Sudden onset usually occurs with a strong push off or a rapid change in direction during an activity. It is also quite common to come about through repetitive strain, either via an increase in activity intensity or volume, or a biomechanical issue causing abnormal strain in the tendon. A pop can often be felt in the tendon at the time of injury. A complete rupture is possible, and should be addressed as soon as possible if surgery is deemed necessary

Radial Shockwave Therapy & Achilles Tendinosis
Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic

604-685-4325 (HEAL) 
Electra Health Floor – YWCA location
535 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC
Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm


Whether acute or insidious in nature, the mechanism in the Achilles is the same. While tendinitis is commonly cited as a cause of Achilles pain, inflammation of the tendon is actually quite rare. In most cases, small tears in the tendon itself are the primary cause of pain. These tears force a healing response from the body, which often results in scar tissue being laid down in the tendon itself. This is often quite obvious in more chronic cases of Achilles tendinosis, where a mass or thickening can be felt and often even seen in the tendon.

Radial Shockwave Therapy At Our Vancouver Clinic Requires No Anesthetic

Treatment for Achilles tendinosis is primarily focused on stretching and strengthening of the calf muscles and the tendon itself. Lengthening the calf muscles themselves reduce the resting tension in the Achilles tendon making further damage less likely, while strengthening of the tendon helps reduce scar tissue build up, as well as stimulate healing and regrowth to not only accelerate healing, but to strengthen the tendon to prevent future recurrences. Often additional exercises are prescribed to address biomechanical issues in the hip and/or knee which contribute to the onset of Achilles tendinosis. Massage therapy is often used to alleviate calf tension, especially when stretching is too painful in the acute phase. Corticosteroid injections can be used in extreme circumstances, but are being used less frequently. Use of a walking boot and/or a heel lift may also be recommended to reduce stress on the tendon itself, but are normally used for only more severe cases. Surgery is an option for complete ruptures of the Achilles, but many orthopedic surgeons are recommending surgery be avoided in most cases. While Achilles tendinosis can take 3-4 months to resolve, most individuals individuals recover and return to their previous activities.

shockwave achilles tendinosis vancouverShockwave therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for Achilles tendinosis, primarily through breaking scar tissue that has formed in the tendon, as well as increasing blood flow to the area though the stimulation of new blood vessel formation. This allows the body to accelerate the healing process, thereby allowing faster recovery and return to activity than traditional treatment regimes. The latest study from the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that 3 months after shockwave therapy, 83% of patients showed either complete or good recovery, compared to 39% of patients who underwent traditional treatment techniques. Most practitioners recommend 3-5 sessions of shockwave therapy, but results can often been seen in as little is 1 or 2 treatment sessions.

While shockwave therapy has shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of Achilles tendinosis, it is vital than any comprehensive treatment plan include a thorough biomechanical examination in order to properly address any biomechanical issues contributing to symptoms in order to maximize chances of recovery, as well as prevent further occurrences in the future

HAchilles tendinosisigh Success Rates

Treating Achilles tendinosis with radial shockwave therapy has shown success rates as high as 90%. Recurrence of symptoms is extremely rare. Most patients find benefit during therapy, and continued benefit is usually noted after treatment has completed.


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Achilles tendinosis – Vancouver Shockwave Therapy

A registered physiotherapist performs all radial shockwave therapy sessions at our Vancouver clinic. Radial shockwave therapy for Achilles tendinosis is covered under extended medical plans, which cover physiotherapy. Achilles tendinosis treatment sessions include physiotherapy, in addition to shockwave therapy, and cost $90 for a 25 minute session, and $130 for a 50 minute session.


Radial Shockwave Therapy & Achilles tendinosis
Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic

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