Shockwave therapy is a form of treatment that has been clinically proven to be very effective in the treatment of chronic, persistent pain conditions. It is widely used among high level athletes, including all AFL clubs to treat a number of musculoskeletal disorders.
What is shockwave therapy?
A hand-held probe is applied directly over the injured area which transmits high intensity acoustic waves through the skin to the underlying tissues. Changes in the tissues occurs at a cellular level, enabling the body to create an optimal healing environment through:
- Pain reduction
- Increased blood flow
- Reduction of inflammation
- Stimulation of collagen, and
- Dissolution of calcium build up
There may be some initial pain, followed by numbness and then a reduction in pain.
When would I need Shockwave therapy?
For patients suffering chronic conditions (3 months or longer), shockwave therapy can be performed. Treatment sessions are 15 minutes in duration; unless your Osteopath recommends you combine Shockwave Therapy with an Osteopathic treatment.
Common conditions 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
Depending on your response and condition 3-5 sessions are most beneficial.
Does Shockwave Therapy hurt?
In many instances, there will be an immediate reduction in pain, as well as improved mobility and functionality. However you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Pain and discomfort during and after treatment
- Swelling and numbness of the skin over the treatment area
For more information contact our clinic or ask your Osteopath during your next consultation.