Shockwave therapy is a form of treatment that has been clinically proven to be very effective in the treatment of chronic, persistent pain conditions.
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.
A hand-held probe is applied directly over the injured area which transmits high intensity acoustic waves through the skin to the underlying tissues.
Acoustic waves used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration. This is achieved by:
- New blood vessel formation
- Reduction of chronic inflammation
- Dispersion of pain mediator “Substance P”
- Stimulation of collagen, and
- Dissolution of calcium build up
See Shockwave therapy demonstrated below
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 five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
Most indications require 3–5 treatments which are done 3–10 days apart, depending on the patient’s tolerance and their tissue response.
Common indications include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Patella tendinopathy
- Rotator cuff/shoulder disorders
- Shin splints
- Osgood-Schlatter/Severs Disease
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.
If you think Shockwave Therapy may be helpful to you please phone the clinic today or speak to your Osteopath during your next consultation.