Looking for Relief From Lower Back Pain? Try Shockwave Therapy

Looking for Relief From Lower Back Pain? Try Shockwave Therapy

Lower back pain is a common problem that many people experience. It can be caused by a variety of things, such as injury, poor posture habits, or obesity. If you are looking for relief from lower back pain, shockwave therapy may be the solution for you! Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-intensity sound waves to help reduce inflammation and pain. It is a safe and effective treatment that has been shown to provide relief for many people who suffer from lower back pain.

4 exercises to relieve Chronic Lower Back Pain courtesy of Stay Active Rehabilitation. (Read the caption)

Shockwave therapy and scar tissue

What is scar tissue?

Scar tissue is the body’s response to injury. When a tissue such as a tendon or ligament is damaged, the body produces collagen in order to repair the area. Collagen is a protein that gives these tissues their strength and elasticity. However, when the body produces too much collagen, it can lead to the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue is usually composed of fibrous tissue, which is much less flexible than normal soft tissue. As a result, scar tissue can cause problems such as impaired movement and chronic pain. However, there are treatments that can help to reduce the tension and tightness related to scar tissue which can help reduce symptoms. 

Shockwave therapy in particular is a treatment form that can do this.

It can help to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing. In addition, shockwave therapy is non-invasive and does not require the use of anesthesia or surgery. As a result, it is an appealing treatment option for those who are looking for an alternative to traditional treatments.

What is shockwave therapy courtesy of Fifth Avenue Physio. (Read the caption)

Is shockwave therapy painful?

While the treatment is generally well tolerated, some patients may experience discomfort during the procedure. Most often, this discomfort is described as a feeling of pressure or fullness. Some patients may also feel a short, sharp pain as the shock wave passes through the tissue.

While it may sound painful, the reality is that shockwave therapy is usually not overly painful. The shock waves used in this type of therapy are at a very high frequency, and they only target specific areas of the body. As a result, patients typically experience only minor discomfort during treatment.

If it becomes painful this is typically due to the intensity of the shock waves. The intensity can be adjusted to fit your comfort level.

In most cases, shockwave therapy is a well-tolerated treatment that can provide significant relief from pain.

How long does shockwave therapy take to work?

The full effects of shockwave therapy can take up to six weeks to fully develop. During this time, patients may continue to have some discomfort as the tissue heals. Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment with few side effects. It is an excellent alternative to surgery for many patients. 

How many shockwave treatments do I need?

The number of shockwave treatments needed will vary depending on the condition being treated. In general, most patients will need between three and five treatments. Each treatment session lasts for approximately 20-30 minutes.

If you are looking for an effective and safe treatment for lower back pain, shockwave therapy may be the answer for you! This non-invasive treatment has been shown to provide relief for many people who suffer from lower back pain. To find a physiotherapy clinic that specializes in shockwave therapy just click the “find a clinic near you” button on this page.

3 exercises for low back pain courtesy of Vitality Physiotherapy and Wellness. (Read the caption)


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

In general, shockwave therapy is considered a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. However, there are a few groups of people who should not undergo this treatment. First, shockwave therapy should not be used on patients who have open wounds or skin infections in the treatment area. Second, people who have had recent surgery or trauma in the treatment area should not receive shockwave therapy. Finally, pregnant women and children should also avoid this treatment. While shockwave therapy is generally safe and effective, it is important to consult with a doctor before undergoing any type of medical treatment.

Shockwave therapy is generally well tolerated with few side effects. The most common side effect is temporary discomfort during the procedure. In rare cases, patients may experience bruising, swelling, or bleeding at the site of treatment.

When shock waves are delivered too frequently or with too much intensity, they can damage tissue and actually cause the condition to worsen. That’s why it’s important to find a physiotherapist who is experienced in this treatment.

About Taylor Sipos

Taylor is a physiotherapist at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic located in Toronto, Ontario. He treats patients with various musculoskeletal conditions using patient education, exercise therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture. His treatment philosophy involves giving his patient’s the means to self-manage their injuries. He does this through reassurance, education and health promotion. Taylor uses the same principles as a patient educator at Pain Hero. He aims to provide you with high-quality, easy to understand information to teach you about your condition and how to improve it.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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