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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave treatment on kneeShockwave therapy is a non-invasive and effective solution proven to speed up recovery time, eliminate pain, and restore full mobility. It uses high-energy sound waves to target the source of pain and stimulate your body’s natural healing process by increasing blood circulation, breaking down scar tissue, and promoting cell regeneration—all without pills, injections, or surgery.

Whether you’re an athlete with a stubborn injury or someone battling chronic pain, shockwave therapy helps you get back to the things you love, and stay there.


Experience Pain Relief

This therapy promotes healing and may provide relief from a broad array of conditions, such as:

Lower leg & foot pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprains & strains

Upper leg pain

  • Hamstring strain & tendinopathy
  • TFL/ITB band adhesions


  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament/meniscal injury
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Jumper’s knee


  • Cervical sprain & strain
  • Headaches
  • TMJ
Back & hip pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • ITB syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Sciatica
  • Gluteal tendinopathy
  • Disc bulge/herniation
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Postural strain/overuse

Hand & wrist pain

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Trigger finger
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis


  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Trigger points
  • Stress fractures
  • Scar tissue from repetitive strain injuries or post-surgical scarring

How does shockwave therapy work?

ShockwaveShockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), uses acoustic waves delivered in short bursts of high intensity, creating a shockwave that travels through the skin and into the targeted tissues. This triggers a series of physiological responses that promote healing to new and old injuries, such as the stimulation of blood flow and the formation of new blood vessels—this process is critical for the healing of injured tissues as it brings oxygen and nutrients to the site of injury, helping to speed up the healing process. The increased blood flow and tissue regeneration can reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve overall mobility in the treated area.

Shockwave therapy also stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that provides structural support to tissues such as tendons and ligaments, further promoting healing. By creating microtrauma to the targeted area, the therapy triggers the body to generate new growth cells and stem cells.

The combination of mechanical, biochemical, and physiological effects of shockwave therapy work together to promote tissue regeneration and reduce pain and inflammation in musculoskeletal conditions, thereby kickstarting the healing process in new and old injuries alike.

What Is the Process Like?

During a shockwave therapy session, we’ll start by rubbing coconut oil as a conductor over the affected area. We’ll then use a handheld device directly on the skin, moving it slowly over the area for around 5-10 minutes depending on the injury being treated.

  • Faster, easier healing
  • Side effects (if any) are typically mild and resolve on their own
  • No risk of infection or scarring
  • No downtime
  • No anesthesia

Shockwave Therapy has received FDA clearance and is presently employed by reputable institutions including:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Orthopedic surgeons serving MLB, NFL, and NBA teams
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
  • Baylor University
  • Georgetown University
  • Northwestern University
  • And numerous other respected organizations…

How many sessions will I need?

Most patients need 6-12 treatments (roughly one week apart) for long-term success, but many experience immediate relief after their first session.

How long is each session?

About 5-10 minutes.

How effective is shockwave therapy?

Over 71% of patients experience immediate relief, with over 91% reporting long-term success.

Does it hurt?

Some patients report mild discomfort during treatments, depending on the severity and location of the injury, but any discomfort typically resolves within one day.

Book an Appointment

If you’d like to learn more about shockwave therapy, contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.


Shockwave Therapy in Old Town, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast IL | (312) 255-9500