Bone spurs can be painful outgrowths of bone, which may associate with plantar fasciitis. If you suffer from bone spurs, shockwave therapy may be helpful for you!
What are Bone Spurs?
Bone spurs are smooth, bony growths that form over a long period of time. It’s believed about 1 in 10 people have bone spurs, but only 1 in 20 people have pain resulting on those bone spurs . So just because you have a bone spur doesn’t mean you need to worry about.
Those with plantar fasciitis tend to have more bone spurs  – so managing these together may be helpful for some.
What is Shockwave?
Shockwaves are sound wave that carry energy to the painful area of the muscles, bones or tissues that are the origin of the pain. The energy of the sound causes compression of the tissues. The energy transmitted to the affected tissues stimulate the process of bone, tendon, and soft tissue regeneration .
Shockwave and Bone Spur Formation
Research shows shockwave is safe and improves symptoms of most patients with a painful heel, and it can structurally modify the spur formation itself, and reduce inflammatory edema .
The shockwave itself can be good at breaking down the bony formation, in addition to clearing up and removing inflammation and swelling.
It’s important to assess the seriousness of your heel spur – your practitioner can help you decide what treatment may be necessary, if any.
Managing Bone Spurs at Absolute Health and Wellness
As mentioned above, not all bone spurs require active treatment. If it causes pain, it can be managed with a combination of manual therapies such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, or acupuncture, shockwave, or orthotics.
Our team will be there to help guide you through the process from assessment to treatment.
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Read on in our series of articles on Musculoskeletal Issues!
About the Author - Sonia Gashgarian
Sonia Gashgarian is a registered physiotherapist who graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Prior to this she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Honours from the University of Waterloo. Sonia has completed courses in sports taping and basic kinesio-taping, as well as the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Mulligan Concept. She also has her APTEI Acupuncture and Dry Needling Certification.
Sonia uses a variety of treatment techniques to help clients feel better and return to their regular activities as soon as possible. Her individualized treatments may include the following: education, joint mobilizations, exercise prescription, soft tissue release, trigger point release, taping, acupuncture and dry needling, cupping, and Gua Sha.
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