Shockwave: a cutting-edge medical technology that literally blows away troublesome calcifications


The shockwave or therapy by shock waves is an effective medical alternative and safe for the treatment of the chronic lesions that resist physiotherapy, medications and cortisone injections.


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What is shockwave?

The shockwave (Therapy by Shockwaves) is a cutting-edge technology that was developed from lithotripsy, this technique used since more thirty years to treat stones At kidney by making them explode. THE shockwave is based on the same principle: that is to say by bringing a strong increased pressure in the tissues to be treated. This increase in pressure will trigger a series of physical transformations and chemical At cellular level of the treated region. The main effect of shockwave is a direct mechanical force that occurs At cellular level when the energy wave passes At across the fabric treaty. These waves cause a controlled impact on the fabric in question. The result is a biological reaction in the cells of this fabric which causes an increase in blood circulation, which triggers a chain of reactions that helps accelerate the natural processes of healing from the body.


The shockwave  turned out to be an option of treatment effective for these conditions. It is unique in its ability to treat of the conditions which have become chronic, where other therapies more traditional ones have not been as effective.


Most of the patients treated with the Therapy by Shockwaves (shockwave) frequently report having achieved immediate relief or a significant reduction in their pain and a notable improvement in mobility after their first treatment.


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Conditions treated with shockwave

  • Points painful trigger
  • Syndrome myofascial pain
  • Chronic tendonitis with or without calcification
  • Shoulder tendonitis (with or without calcification)
  • Painful restriction of the shoulder movements
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Calcific bursitis
  • Bursitis (with or without calcification)
  • Syndrome patellar and achillodynia
  • Syndrome tibialis anterior
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow or Golfer elbow) - painful irritation of the elbow
  • Heel - Heel spur (Lenoir spur)
  • Painful inflammation under the heel or foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patellar tendonitis - pain just below the knee cap
  • Trochanteric bursitis (hip)
  • tendonitis tendon patellar
  • tendonitis tendon of Achilles
  • Scar tissue
  • Fractures from fatigue (Stress Fractures)
  • Calcific tendinitis of the cuff of the rotators


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For all these conditions, L'application from shockwave was studied and documented by winning a franc success, which largely underlines the great diversity ofapplication of this simple-to-use therapeutic process, which opens the way to many others apps.


Here is a comparative table of conditions treated by shockwave therapy and laser therapy, highlighting the specific benefits of each method depending on the conditions treated:

Conditions Shockwave Laser Therapy
Painful trigger points ✔️ ✔️
Myofascial pain syndrome ✔️ ✔️
Chronic tendonitis with or without calcification ✔️
Shoulder tendonitis (with or without calcification) ✔️
Painful restriction of shoulder movement ✔️
Calcific tendonitis ✔️
Calcific bursitis ✔️
Bursitis (with or without calcification) ✔️
Patellar syndrome and achillodynia ✔️ ✔️
Anterior tibial syndrome ✔️ ✔️
Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow or Golfer elbow) ✔️ ✔️
Heel - Heel spur (Lenoir spur) ✔️ ✔️
Painful inflammation under the heel or foot ✔️ ✔️
Plantar Fasciitis ✔️ ✔️
Patellar tendinitis – pain just below the kneecap ✔️ ✔️
Trochanteric bursitis (hip) ✔️ ✔️
Tendonitis of the patellar tendon ✔️ ✔️
Achilles tendonitis ✔️ ✔️
Scar tissue ✔️
Stress Fractures ✔️
Calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff ✔️


  • Shockwave: Works best for conditions where there is calcification and scar tissue. This method is particularly effective in treating conditions such as calcific tendinitis, calcific bursitis, and areas with scar tissue, where it promotes the breakdown of calcifications and tissue regeneration.
  • Laser Therapy: Works best for pain and inflammation. This approach is ideal for relieving inflammatory symptoms and pain, without necessarily targeting calcification deposits. It is beneficial for conditions such as painful trigger points, myofascial pain syndrome, and various forms of inflammation under the heel or foot.

This table allows you to clearly visualize the optimal applications of each therapy, helping to guide the choice of treatment based on the patient's specific condition.


Our clinic's approach to musculoskeletal care stands out with the availability of both shockwave and laser therapy. This duality of therapeutic options uniquely positions us in the healthcare market, as it allows us to offer a more personalized and targeted range of treatments, without favoring one tool over the other. Here’s why this benefit is significant for our patients and our practice:


Objectivity in the Choice of Treatment

By having both technologies, we eliminate any potential bias in the choice of treatment. Unlike clinics that only offer one option and therefore might be incentivized to recommend it even in cases where it is not optimal, we evaluate each patient with complete impartiality. This means that our recommendation is based entirely on what is best for the patient, based on their specific condition, needs and healing goals.


Additional Benefits of Technologies

Shockwave therapy excels in treating conditions involving calcification and scar tissue, thanks to its ability to effectively target and break down these deposits, promoting tissue regeneration and healing. On the other hand, laser therapy is particularly effective in managing pain and reducing inflammation, providing significant relief in both acute and chronic conditions. By offering both technologies, we can leverage their specific benefits, providing a holistic and integrated treatment approach.


Personalization of the Care Plan

Each patient is unique, and so is their response to treatment. By having a wider range of therapeutic tools at our disposal, we can personalize the care plan much more precisely. This allows us to adjust treatment as the patient progresses, combining or alternating technologies as needed to achieve the best possible results.


Maximizing Treatment Results

The complementarity of shockwave and laser therapies allows us to maximize treatment results for a wide range of conditions. For some patients, a combination of the two approaches may be the most effective strategy, using laser therapy to reduce initial inflammation and pain, followed by shock wave therapy to treat the underlying causes of the condition. .


Our main goal is to provide the most effective and personalized care possible. By having both shockwave therapy and laser therapy, we are able to provide a range of treatments tailored to the variety of our patients' needs, without any incentive to favor one technology over the 'other. This sets us apart not only for our objectivity but also for our commitment to using the best possible approach for each patient, ensuring optimal healing results.


The integration of a precision striker in our range of complementary treatments significantly enhances the effectiveness of our therapeutic approaches, including shockwave therapy and laser therapy. This advanced technology plays a crucial role in optimizing treatment outcomes for certain patients, thanks to its unique ability to target and treat tissues with high precision. Here's why adding the precision firing pin is so beneficial:


Improved Tissue Preparation

Prior to the application of shockwave or laser therapies, the use of a precision striker can effectively prepare the tissue, increasing its receptivity to subsequent treatments. By stimulating blood circulation and relaxing muscle tissue, the impactor helps reduce tension and improve tissue elasticity, which can significantly improve the effectiveness of shockwave and laser treatments.


Pain Reduction and Mobility Improvement

The precision striker is also effective in reducing pain on its own, complementing the analgesic effects of laser therapy. Additionally, by breaking up tissue adhesions and reducing stiffness, it promotes better mobility and function in the treated areas, allowing for better overall shockwave treatment performance in cases of calcification or scar tissue.


Acceleration of Recovery

Using the precision striker can speed up the recovery process by promoting better blood and lymphatic circulation to the treated area. This improvement in circulation allows for faster elimination of metabolic waste and better oxygenation of tissues, which is essential for rapid and effective healing.


Flexibility in the Treatment Plan

The addition of the precision striker to our therapeutic arsenal provides us with increased flexibility in developing treatment plans. This allows us to meet the specific needs of each patient in an even more personalized way, integrating this technology strategically to optimize the effects of shockwave and laser therapies.


By offering the precision striker as a complement to shockwave and laser therapies, our clinic reaffirms its commitment to providing the highest quality, state-of-the-art care. This integrated approach underlines our dedication to exploiting all possible avenues to ensure not only treatment effectiveness but also patient comfort and satisfaction. By combining these advanced technologies, we maximize the chances of therapeutic success, giving our patients the best chance of recovery and return to an active, healthy life.


Application of shockwave therapy

The application of shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure that has revolutionized the treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions. This treatment uses high-energy acoustic waves to promote healing and regeneration of damaged tissue. Here is an in-depth elaboration on the application of this therapy, based on the recommended scientific protocol.


Principle of Operation

Shockwave therapy works by targeting specific areas of the body with acoustic waves. The energy carried by these waves stimulates cell regeneration and improves blood circulation in the affected area. This stimulation helps accelerate the body's natural healing processes, thereby reducing pain and improving functionality.


Treatment Protocol

According to scientific recommendations, the optimal protocol for administering shockwave therapy generally consists of three to ten sessions (depending on the condition and its severity), spaced one week apart each. This rhythm allows the body to respond to the treatment and begin the healing process between sessions.


Treatment Details

  • Number of Shocks : Each session involves the administration of approximately 2,000 shocks. This quantity is precisely calibrated to optimize the therapeutic effect without overloading the treated tissues.
  • Target Area : Shocks are concentrated in an area the size of a dollar coin. This focus makes it possible to effectively target the affected region, maximizing the impact of the shock waves on the site of the lesion.
  • Duration : The duration of each session may vary depending on the condition being treated and the patient's individual response. However, a typical session lasts between 5 and 10 minutes, making it a relatively quick treatment.


Advantages of this Protocol

  • Accuracy : The ability to target specific areas allows for more precise and effective treatment of damaged tissue.
  • Minimization of Side Effects : By limiting the treatment area, the risk of damage to surrounding tissues is reduced.
  • Efficiency : Regularity of sessions promotes optimal healing, with many patients reporting significant improvement after the recommended treatment cycle.


After Treatment

After each session, patients can return to most of their normal daily activities. However, it is advisable to avoid strenuous efforts or activities that could overload the treated area for the first 48 hours following treatment. This precaution helps maximize the benefits of treatment and promote healing.


The application of shockwave therapy represents a cutting-edge approach to the treatment of painful musculoskeletal conditions. By following the scientifically recommended protocol, patients can experience significant improvement in their condition, with minimal discomfort and downtime. This treatment highlights the importance of innovation and precision in modern medical care, providing an effective treatment option for those seeking alternatives to traditional methods.


Duration of shockwave treatment

The treatment from shockwave is generally done correctly ofvisit by week and it is necessary to count, on average, 3 to 6 visits to adjust the conditions inflammatory and from 6 to 10 visits for calcifications.


Advantages of Shockwave

Shock wave treatment represents a revolution in the management of various musculoskeletal pathologies. This non-invasive method offers several significant benefits for patients, including:

  • Speed of Action : Patients often experience pain relief from the first sessions, with a gradual improvement in their condition.
  • Tissue Regeneration : Shock waves stimulate the body's natural healing processes, promoting the regeneration of damaged tissues.
  • Non-Invasiveness : Unlike surgical procedures, shockwave is a non-invasive treatment option, reducing the risks of side effects and recovery periods.
  • Alternative to Medicines : This treatment can reduce dependence on anti-inflammatories and painkillers, reducing the risk of side effects linked to their prolonged use.
  • Clinically Proven Effectiveness : Numerous studies support the effectiveness of shockwave in treating conditions such as Lenoir's spurs, calcific tendinitis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.


Comparison with Other Treatments

The shock wave treatment differs significantly from other methods of treatment for the same conditions. Here are some key points of comparison:

  • Long Term Effects : Unlike corticosteroid injections, which provide temporary relief, shockwave aims to treat the underlying cause of the pain, providing long-lasting results.
  • Security and Tolerance : Treatments like surgery carry higher risks and require a recovery period. Shockwave, on the other hand, has a high safety profile and is well tolerated by the majority of patients.
  • Versatility : Some treatment methods are specific to a condition. Shockwave, however, can be applied to a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, providing a versatile solution.
  • Costs and Accessibility : Although some advanced treatments may be expensive or less accessible, shockwave offers a cost-effective option with wide availability at specialty clinics like TAGMED.



  • What is the recommended frequency of shockwave sessions? Recommendations may vary depending on the condition being treated, but in general, a treatment cycle consists of 3 to 5 sessions, spaced one week apart each.

  • Is shockwave treatment painful? Patients may experience some discomfort during treatment, but this is generally well tolerated. Additionally, the intensity can be adjusted to ensure comfort. Treatments carried out with of the devices first generation, which were put on the market 3 to 10 years ago, actually cause a lot of pain to patients during the treatment. However, We we use a latest generation device which is more effective and especially less painful. However, there is of the places a lot more painful that ofothers, particularly when treating a calcification At shoulder or tendon ofAchille. In these situations, We will apply ice about fifteen minutes before the treatment from shockwave to minimize your discomfort.

  • What are the eligibility criteria for shockwave? Although shockwave is appropriate for many conditions, prior evaluation by a qualified healthcare professional is necessary to determine if this treatment is suitable for your specific case.

  • Are there any restrictions or precautions after a shockwave session? It is recommended to avoid intense physical activities for 48 hours following a session to maximize the effects of the treatment.


Contraindications to shockwave treatment

  • Treatments At crossing site of the nerves or of the fat blood vessels
  • Poorly localized pain and No palpable
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk ofhemorrhage, as in case ofhemophilia, in patients anticoagulants or in case where the blood platelet count is less than 50,000
  • Region pulmonary and cardiac
  • Open scar on the area to be treated
  • Presence ofinfection or ofacute inflammation At site of lesion to be treated
  • The bones in growth
  • Weakened tissues, by example by of the bone metastases or by prolonged intensive corticosteroid therapy.


List of clinics offering Shockwave Therapy

Please note that a member of a licensed professional association will administer the shockwave treatment.


To learn more, please visit our website specialized in shockwave:


You can also download our shockwave brochure:

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Preparations for shockwave treatment

  • Book your appointment online or contact our staff at the TAGMED clinic to book your appointment by phone.
  • Before going to the TAGMED clinic in Montreal or Terrebonne for your first treatment, there are some things you should absolutely do. First, make sure you have your medical imaging reports (X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound) available.
  • Also, make sure you are aware of the various possible risks and side effects associated with treatment at Tagmed Clinic. You should also take all necessary measures (ex. Apply ice to the inflamed area to ensure that your body is ready for further treatment.
  • Also, make sure you are aware of the various possible risks and side effects associated with treatment at Tagmed Clinic. You should also take all necessary measures (ex. Apply ice to the inflamed area to ensure that your body is ready for further treatment.
  • Finally, if you were unable to complete our form, as mentioned above, arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to ensure you have enough time to discuss your condition, make the assessment and your treatment.

To be completed before your consultation at TAGMED clinic

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