Shockwave Therapy in Coon Rapids MN

Chiropractor Coon Rapids MN Kenneth Ruf

Clinic Hours

Monday: 7:30am - 11:00am | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 7:30am - 11:00am | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 7:30am - 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Caring Chiropractic Center uses Shockwave Therapy in Coon Rapids MN as a part of a whole-patient approach to improving patient health and well-being. Officially called low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (Li-ESWT), the procedure is more commonly known as shockwave therapy.

Radial Shockwave Therapy is an FDA cleared technology proven to increase the rate of healing for soft tissue tendinopathy. It is an advanced, non-invasive, and highly effective treatment method that enhances blood circulation and accelerates the healing process causing damaged tissue to gradually regenerate.

What conditions does SHOCKWAVE THERAPY in Coon Rapids MN Help?

  • Chronic sore knees
  • Frozen shoulders
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Ankle injuries/soreness
  • Trigeminal nerve pain
  • Shin splints
  • Tendonitis
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Pain in muscles related to hip or knee replacement surgery.


The energy waves stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms through microtrauma to the area. It triggers your own regenerative cells to come to the area and heal the tissue. It enhances vascularization and nerve regeneration as well.

What does radial shockwave therapy do?

Treatment to an injured joint or tissue produces an inflammatory response. The body responds to the treatment by increasing metabolic activity around the site of pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process (promotes remodeling of the tissue in places with tendinopathies, trigger points, muscle spasms, etc.)

Radial shockwave therapy sends sound waves through your skin and into a damaged area to stimulate your body’s natural regenerative abilities. A series of small pulses trick your body into launching its major injury response, which means you start healing far faster and get dramatic pain relief at the same time.

When you experience chronic pain, your body no longer recognizes that there is an injury to that area. As a result, it shuts down the healing process and you feel no relief. The ballistic sound waves of this therapy penetrate deep through your soft tissue, causing a microtrauma or new inflammatory condition to the treated area. It triggers your body’s natural healing response once again. Success rates with this therapy are unparalleled at over 80-90% improvement.

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Your Coon Rapids MN therapist will discuss your symptoms with you and locate the source of pain. They will then mark the area intended for the Shockwave Therapy. A gel is applied to optimize the contact between the application device and your skin. The handpiece delivers pulsations to the pain area for a number of prescribed pulses, depending on the condition.


Successful treatment is considered as a patient having at least 75% reduction in pain within 3 months. Worldwide, success rates are around 80-90%.

Success Rates: 90% improvement was recorded for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) by the Journal of Orthopedic Research (2005). The same publication quotes a 77% success rate when treating Tennis Elbow with Radial Shockwave Therapy and other clinical studies have generally reported a success rate in excess of 75%. Nice (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) provided evidence to the NHS: NICE evidence for Shockwave.

Shockwave Therapy is FDA cleared for the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and connective tissue disorders; there are no known risks or complications.

Shockwave therapy is an elective pay modality and is not covered by insurance.

Because this is quite a new innovative therapy unfortunately insurance does not pay for this treatment, but most patients find that it is well worth the extra expense as they can not find this kind of relief anywhere else. The number of treatments depends on the severity, chronicity, and location of the condition. We have several options that we offer so it is best to call our office to get more information! (763) 421-1905.

Shockwave Therapy is not recommended for patients on blood thinners, those with malignancies, and those who are pregnant.

Of course, that depends on your condition and chronicity, but usually, patients feel some relief right away and most require 3-6 treatments to have the lasting effect that is wanted. The number of treatments depends on the severity, chronicity, and location of the condition.

The treatments last about 5-8 minutes each. Approximately 2000 shocks are administered per treatment area (which takes the 5 minutes). Some require more shocks and duration, depending on the amount of instability present.

Patients may begin to see improvement 4 weeks after their last treatment. More significant improvement often occurs 8-12 weeks after the last treatment.