What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment option for those suffering from a range of tendon, muscle and joint disorders. It works by using high-energy sound waves that are introduced directly to the site of injury to break down all the dysfunctional tissues that are causing your disorder. This procedure increases blood flow and stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process which is why it has been proven to be particularly effective in the treatment of many chronic conditions, conditions that continue to re-occur or conditions that have not responded well to traditional treatment methods.
Is Shockwave Therapy for me?
Shockwave Therapy has been scientifically proven to help with:
• Plantar Fasciitis/ Heel Pain
• Knee Osteoarthritis
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Calcific Tendonitis
• Lateral Epicondylitis/ Tennis Elbow
• Trigger Points
• Patella Tendonitis/ Jumper’s Knee
• Hamstring Strain
• Heel Spur
• Shoulder Calcific Tendonitis
The success rate has ranged from 65% to 91% improvement, with low and negligible complications (Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, 2012). Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical option worth considering when other treatment options have failed or the condition continues to reoccur with traditional treatment methods.
How long does each treatment last?
Initially a thorough assessment will be carried out by one of our Registered Physiotherapists to ascertain if shockwave therapy is an appropriate treatment option for your specific condition. The actual treatment time spent receiving the shockwave therapy is typically less than five minutes. Treatment sessions will also include education and an appropriate post treatment plan.
How many treatments will I need?
Current research suggests a minimum of 3-6 sessions of shockwave therapy to achieve significant results for most conditions. However in the case of very chronic conditions, additional sessions may be required as appropriate.
What should I expect from my session of Shockwave Therapy?
You may experience some discomfort during the 5 minutes of shockwave therapy which can be intense, but it is usually well tolerated by most patients. You may also expect to have some soreness and redness which is a NORMAL response of the body to heal and regenerate the targeted tissue. At the same time many patients report a decrease or complete absence of pain immediately after treatment.
Precautions/Contra-indications to Shockwave Therapy
Before Shockwave Therapy begins you will have an extensive assessment with one of our Registered Physiotherapists. It is most important that you discuss your relevant medical history with your therapist. You may not qualify for Shockwave Therapy, or an individually determined level of caution may have to be practiced, if you have any of the following:
• Cortisone injection within the last 6 weeks
• Bleeding disorder (eg. Von Willebrand disease, haemophilia, etc.)
• Blood thinning medications/ anticoagulant therapy (eg. Heparin, Warfarin, Coumadin)
• Heart or circulatory problems (eg. Pacemaker)
• Cancer/ local malignancy
Give us a call today to make an appointment or contact us if you have any other queries about Shockwave Therapy, we’ll love to hear from you.