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 via a gel medium. The concept and technology originally evolved from the discovery that focused sound waves were capable of breaking down kidney and gallstones. Generated shockwaves have proven successful in a number of scientific studies for the treatment of chronic conditions. The purpose of the therapy is to trigger the body’s own natural healing response. Many people report that their pain is reduced and mobility improved after the first treatment.
What conditions is shockwave therapy used for?
1. Feet – heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis 2. Elbow – tennis and golfers elbow 3. Shoulder – calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles 4. Knee – patellar tendonitis 5. Hip – bursitis 6. Lower leg – shin splints 7. Upper leg – Iliotibial band friction syndrome 8. Back pain – lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain
Benefits of shockwave therapy?
– Shockwave therapy has excellent cost/effectiveness ratio – Non-invasive solution for chronic pain in your shoulder, back, heel, knee or elbow – Drug free – Limited side effects – New research shows that it can have a positive affect on acute pain.
After the treatment, you may experience temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days following the procedure, as the shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response. But this is the body healing itself naturally. So, it’s important not to take any anti-inflammatory medication after treatment, which may slow down the results. Upon completion of your treatment you can return to most regular activities almost immediately.
Who can benefit from shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is most suited for people who have chronic (ie greater than six weeks) tendinopathies (commonly referred to as tendinitis) which haven’t responded to other treatment; these include: tennis elbow, achilles, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These could be as a result of sport, overuse, or repetitive strain.