Shockwave - Performance Rehab Associates - Chiropractor & Physical Therapy

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Technically called radial shockwave therapy (RSWT), this technique uses short, powerful bursts of sound to provide pain relief to muscles, joints and the adhesions (scars) from injuries.

It works on conditions like tennis elbow, chronic tendinitis in the knee, rotator cuff pain, achilles tendonitis, hamstring tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.
Similar to the way that lifting weights causes micro-traumas that the body then repairs, the shockwaves stimulate growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and new nerve cells (neurogenesis). In truth, no one is really 100% sure how it works, but the results have been well-documented in many double blind, peer-reviewed studies.

This type of therapy has proven to reduce pain significantly, without the use of drugs or surgery.


How long will my treatment be?

95% of people only need 3-4 treatment sessions. A typical session is about 15 minutes.

When it’s not good to use

There are some places where this therapy should not be used, for example vascular disease in the feet or ruptured plantar fasciitis ligaments.

People who are taking blood thinners and other medicines that interfere with blood clotting shouldn’t use it. Also, metal pins and plates don’t respond well to this therapy.

Radial Shockwave Therapy has amazing healing effects without ever opening skin or risk infection.

What you should know

At PRA, we use shockwave therapy to aid in the relief of pain of plantar fasciitis, hip and shoulder pain and more. There are no significant side effects and no drugs. This new technology promises to make healing injuries and reducing pain much faster and easier than ever before.


  • Bones – stress fractures and delayed bone healing
  • Knee – patellar tendonitis, jumper’s knee and shin pain
  • Foot – Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and achilles tendonitis
  • Shoulder – Rotator cuff tendonitis and calcification
  • Tennis elbow
  • Much more!

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