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


Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective medical alternative for the treatment of chronic injuries that are resistant to physiotherapy, medication and cortisone injections.

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What is shockwave?

The shockwave (Shock Wave Therapy) is a state-of-the-art technology that was developed from lithotripsy, a technique used for over thirty years to treat kidney stones by making them explode. Shockwave is based on the same principle: by bringing a strong increase of pressure in the tissues to be treated. This increase in pressure will trigger a series of physical and chemical transformations at the cellular level of the treated area. The main effect of shockwave is a direct mechanical force that occurs at the cellular level when the energy wave passes through the treated tissue. These waves cause a controlled impact on the tissue in question. The result is a biological reaction in the cells of that tissue that causes an increase in blood flow, which triggers a chain of reactions that accelerates the body's natural healing processes.

Shockwave has proven to be an effective treatment option for these conditions. It is unique in its ability to treat conditions that have become chronic, where other more traditional therapies have not been as effective.

Most patients treated with Shockwave Therapy frequently report immediate relief or significant reduction in pain and significant improvement in mobility after their first treatment.


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Conditions treated with shockwave

  • 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 tendinopathy)
  • Calcific bursitis or calcific bursitis
  • Bursitis (with or without calcification)
  • Patellar syndrome and achillodynia
  • Anterior tibial syndrome
  • 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 of the patellar tendon
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Scar tissue
  • Stress Fractures
  • Calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff


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For all these conditions, the application of shockwave has been studied and documented with great success, which largely underlines the wide range of application of this easy-to-use therapeutic procedure, which opens the way to many other applications.


Application of shockwave therapy

The scientific protocol recommends that patients receive three treatments with one week between each. Each treatment consists of approximately 2,000 shocks to an area the size of a dollar coin.

Duration of shockwave treatment

The treatment of shockwave is generally made on the basis of one visit per week and it takes, on average, 3 to 6 visits to regulate the inflammatory conditions and 6 to 10 visits for calcifications.


Is the shockwave treatment painful?

Treatments performed with first generation devices, which were put on the market 3 to 10 years ago, do cause a lot of pain to patients during treatment. However, we use the latest generation of equipment, which is more effective and especially less painful. However, there are some areas that are much more painful than others, such as when treating calcification in the shoulder or Achilles tendon. In these situations, we will apply ice about 15 minutes before the shockwave treatment to minimize your discomfort.


Contraindications to shockwave treatment

  • Treatments at the site of passage of nerves or large blood vessels
  • Poorly localized and non-palpable pain
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk of bleeding, such as in hemophilia, in anticoagulated patients, or in cases where the blood platelet count is less than 50,000
  • Pulmonary and cardiac region
  • Open scar on the area to be treated
  • Presence of infection or acute inflammation at the site of the lesion to be treated
  • Growing bones
  • Weakened tissues, for example by 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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Shockwave therapy brochure


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

Download, print and complete this questionnaire (your health history), before consulting us, in order to save time. (Click on the tablet!)


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