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Current Shockwave Research

Double-blind, randomized, controlled studies, indicate up to 91% improvement with 84% success rate for numerous conditions.

Shockwave therapy is a proven effective treatment supported by medical literature. Shockwave Canada’s devices are proven to be highly successful in treating patients.

Shockwave therapy reviews, research, clinical studies, statistics, and indications shared below provide insight into the wide range of medical conditions that are treated with Shockwave Canada devices.


Shockwave Statistics

improvement for plantar fasciitis
improvement for calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
improvement for tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
improvement for Achilles tendinopathy
relief for Myofascial Trigger Point
improvement for patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee)
improvement for hamstring injuries
non invasive

Shockwave Therapy Research

Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Low Energy Extracorporeal Pulse- Activated Therapy (EPAT) for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

By: Robert Gordon, MD; Charles Wong, BHSc; Eric J. Crawford, BHSc Toronto, Canada

The Role of Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment in Musculoskeletal Disorders

Daniel Moya, MD, Silvia Ram ́on, MD, Ph.D., Wolfgang Schaden, MD, Ching-Jen Wang, MD, Leonardo Guiloff, MD, and Jai-Hong Cheng, MD

The American Journal of Sports Medicine – Shockwave Therapy for Patients with Lateral Epicondylitis of the Elbow

By: Ching-Jen Wang, M.S. & Han-Shiang Chen, M.D.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine – Extracorporeal Shockwave for Chronic Patellar Tendinopathy

By: Ching-Jen Wang M.D., Jih-Yang Ko M.D., Yi-Sheng Chan M.D., Lin-Hsiu Weng M.D. and Shan-Lin Hsu M.D.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine – Eccentric Loading, Shockwave Treatment, or a Wait-and-See Policy for Tendinopathy of the Main Body of Tendo Achilles

By: Jan D. Rompe, M.D., Bernhard Nafe, M.D., John P. Furia, M.D. Ph.D., and Nicola Maffulli, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.(Orth)

The American Journal of Orthopedics – Safety and Efficacy of ESWT for Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis

By: John P. Furia, M.D.

Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery – Shockwave Therapy for Treatment of Foot and Ankle Conditions

By: Alastair Younger, MB, ChB, FRCSC

Shockwave Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy in Professional Athletes

By: Angelo Cacchio, Jan D. Rompe, John P. Furia, Piero Susi, Valter Santilli and Fosco De Paulis

Shockwave Therapy Compared with Intramedullary Screw Fixation for Nonunion of Proximal Fifth Metatarsal Metaphyseal-Diaphyseal Fractures

By: John P. Furia, MD, Paul J. Juliano, MD, Allison M. Wade, MD, Wolfgang Schaden, MD, and Rainer Mittermayr, MD

Repetitive Low-Energy Shockwave Application Without Local Anesthesia is More Efficient Than Repetitive Low-Energy Shockwave Application with Local Anesthesia in the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis*

By: Rompe JD, Meurer A, Nafe B, Hofmann A, Gerdesmeyer L.

Radial Shockwave Therapy in Calcific Tendinitis of the Rotator Cuff

By: Dr. P. Magosch, ATOS Clinic Heidelberg (Germany)

Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Is Safe and Effective in the Treatment of Chronic Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis

By: Ludger Gerdesmeyer, MD, PhD, Carol Frey, MD, Johannes Vester, PhD, Markus Maier, PhD, Lowell Weil Jr, DPM, Lowell Weil Sr, DPM, Martin Russlies, PhD, John Stienstra, DPM, Barry Scurran, DP, Keith Fedder, MD, Peter Diehl, MD, Heinz Lohrer, MD, Mark Henne, MD, and Hans Gollwitzer, MD

Physical Therapy – Effectiveness of Radial Shockwave Therapy for Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder: Single-Blind, Randomized Clinical Study

By: Angelo Cacchio, Marco Paoloni, Antonio Barile, Romildo Don, Fosco de Paulis, Vittorio Calvisi, Alberto Ranavolo, Massimo Frascarelli, Valter Santilli, Giorgio Spacca

Low-Energy Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy as a Treatment for Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

By: Jan D. Rompe, Angelo Cacchio, John P. Furia and Nicola Maffulli

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Compared with Surgery for Hypertrophic Long-Bone Nonunions

By: Angelo Cacchio, Lucio Giordano, Olivo Colafarina, Jan D. Rompe, Emanuela Tavernese, Francesco Ioppolo, Stefano Flamini, Giorgio Spacca and Valter Santilli

Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Frozen Shoulder

By: Badak Vahdatpour, Parisa Taheri, Abolghasem Zare Zade and Saeed Moradian

Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis: a Randomized Controlled Trial

By: Zhe Zhao, MD, Rufang Jing, MD, Zhan Shi, Ph.D., Bin Zhao, MD, Quan Ai, MM, and Gengyan Xing, MD

Current Concepts of Shockwave Therapy in Stress Fractures

By: Carlos Leal, Cristina D’Agostino, Santiago Gomez Garcia, Arnold Fernandez

Clinically Relevant Effectiveness of Focused Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis. A Randomized, Controlled Multicenter Study

By: Hans Gollwitzer, MD, Amol Saxena, DPM, Lawrence A. DiDomenico, DPM, Louis Galli, DPM, Richard T. Bouche, DPM, David S. Caminear, DPM, Brian Fullem, DPM, Johannes C. Vester, ́Carsten Horn, MD, Ingo J. Banke, MD, Rainer Burgkart, MD, and Ludger Gerdesmeyer, MD

Antibacterial Effects of Extracorporeal Shockwaves*

By: Gerdesmeyer L, von Eiff C, Horn C, Henne M, Roessner M, Diehl P, Gollwitzer H. Klinik und Poliklinik fur Orthopadie und Sportorthopadie der Technischen Universitat Munchen, Munchen, Germany

Scientific Indications

Before and after treatment shows marked improvement after six months. The calcium has dissolved.

Before  Treatment

6 Months Following Treatment

Image 2 below, demonstrates 4 products horizontally here how the use of shockwave therapy creates new vessels in order to help the tendon heal. Image 2 is three months post treatment.

Induced neovascularization at the tendon-bone junction.
– Dr. Wang CORR 2001

Shockwaves create a cellular response naturally. The chart below explains how acoustic energy creates a biologic response, which then stimulates the production of VEGF and NOS, that leads to improved blood supply, tendon repair, and tissue regeneration.

Mechanical to biological
– Dr. Wang CORR 2001

Which Storz Shockwave Therapy Machine
is Best Suited to You?

SPARROW™ Handpiece
FALCON™ Handpiece (all control elements integrated in handpiece)
Customizable Operation
Integrated Compressor
Vibration therapy compatible.
Exclusive VACU-Cup access.
VACU-ACTOR® vacuum therapy.
VACU-Cups for vacuum therapy.
VACU-ACTOR® technology
Optional: Vibration therapy (V-ACTOR®).
Optional: Multiple transmitter heads.
Optional: 10″ touchscreen.
Optional: V-ACTOR® handpiece.
Maximum Strength
2.7 bars
4.0 bars
5.0 bars
5.0 bars

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