SHOCKWAVE

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin. It is used to treat a wide range of pathologies, usually chronic conditions such as, tendinopathies, plantar fasciitis, muscular trigger points/myofacial pain, and facet joint.


Physiological Effects?

  • Reversal of Chronic Inflammation.
  • Stimulation of collagen production.
  • New Blood Vessel formation.
  • Dissolution of calcified tissue.
  • Release of trigger points in the muscle.
  • Dispersion of pain mediator substance P.

How does it work?

Shockwave Therapy delivers acoustic waves to the damaged tissue to kick start the body’s natural healing process. The Shockwaves appear to act as a pro-inflammatory and positively influence the body’s cell functions and intrinsic healing capabilities especially in Chronic conditions where the healing process has stalled. This results in neovascularisation, tendon regeneration and remodelling.

Are there studies to support shockwave Therapy?

Yes, Shockwave Therapy is backed by many clinical studies which shows that Shockwave Therapy actually increases blood flow to the area, improves healing time and reduces pain. It has been proven to be beneficial for conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow etc.

Indications?

  • Chronic tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Jumper’s knee/patella tendinitis
  • Hip bursitis/tendinopathy (Greater Trochanter pain syndrome)
  • Frozen shoulder – adhesive capsulitis shoulder
  • Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Tennis and Golfers elbow
  • Trigger finger
  • Osgood Schlatter disease
  • Myofascial trigger points

How long will the session take?

  • If your Practitioner decides to proceed with this service, the process will take about 10 minutes.

Does the treatment hurt?

There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about 10 minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.

Will I feel any pain after the treatment?

Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting.

Will Shockwave therapy help me?

Most patients with chronic pain problems have been through various unsuccessful types of treatments. Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem. It will depend on your condition, your physiotherapist will do a thorough assessment to decide whether Shockwave is recommended for your condition.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative, so you will typically need 3–5 treatments. Very often though, you will experience relief right after the first treatment.

Are there any restrictions after the treatment?

It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.

To book a session, you can book online or call us on 9412 4184.

If you have further Questions ? Let Us help You!

Please call us on 9412 4184 and ask to chat for one of our Physiotherapist, alternatively email us on admin@chatswoodalliedhealth.com.au