Sports injuries are a lot more common than one may think.
Sports physiotherapy deals with unique sports-related injuries, facilitates the recovery process, and helps in injury prevention.
While different types of treatments and physiotherapy equipment are available, over the past few years, the use of shockwave therapy has steadily increased when it comes to sports physiotherapy.
Why is this so?
While shockwave therapy is quick, effective, and non-invasive, one advantage that truly stands out – when it comes to the world of sports – is that shockwave therapy not only treats injuries, but it actually enhances performance naturally.
This is why even professional leagues like the NHL, NBA, and NFL rely on shockwave therapy.
Medical Research and Studies Prove Its Efficacy
There are a number of studies that have shown that shockwave therapy can help athletes recover faster and improve their performance.
For instance, research published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine shows that shockwave therapy is more effective and safer than traditional conservative treatments for patients with chronic patellar tendinopathy.
It shares that, at the 2- to 3-year follow-up, the results for the group exposed to the therapy were 43% excellent, 47% good, 10% fair, and none poor. While for the control group, the results were none excellent, 50% good, 25% fair, and 25% poor.
Similarly, another study looked at two treatment regimens for athletes with medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS).
These included a graded running programme on its own and the same running programme with the addition of shockwave therapy.
The results of the study confirmed that the time to full recovery was significantly faster in the group that received shockwave therapy compared to the group that just did a graded running programme.
Shockwave therapy also accelerates the healing process when it comes to hamstring injuries.
For a study, forty professional athletes, with chronic proximal hamstring tendinopathy, were randomly assigned to receive either shockwave therapy or traditional conservative treatments.
At the 3-month mark, 17 of the 20 patients (85%) in the shockwave therapy group and 2
of the 20 patients (10%) in the traditional conservative treatments group achieved a reduction of at least 50% in pain.
Medical Professionals Confirm Its Effectiveness
Sports physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other professionals have used shockwave therapy machines for sports therapy and observed significant improvements in the condition of their patients.
Chris Broadhurst who is the Director of The Toronto Athletic Club Sport Medicine Clinic and has served as Head Athletic Therapist for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes shares how he has leveraged shockwave therapy to ensure the athletes he worked with, stayed fit.
“We use it with non-acute (injuries) and in a preventative measure, like with athletes preparing for marathon runs and things like that. It works very well,” he said.
At Shockwave Canada, we’re immensely proud of our association with Storz Medical, an industry leader in shockwave therapy. The Storz Medical’s MASTERPULS® machines, available at Shockwave Canada, can help you meet and exceed your patients’ requirements due to their unmatched capabilities, reliability, and precision.
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If you are interested in sports physio therapy machines and physiotherapy equipment, would like to add Storz shockwave therapy to your own practice, or have any further questions, get in touch today. Contact Shockwave Canada by calling 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visiting https://shockwavecanada.com/contact-shockwave-therapy-canada/