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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure that is predominately effective for treating chronic tendon and other musculoskeletal conditions. In response to treatment, individuals often report outcomes including pain relief and improved function.

How does it work?

Your physiotherapist will operate a hand piece that uses pressurised air to generate shockwaves that are transmitted to the site of injury though a conducting gel. Between 2000-3000 shockwaves are delivered in each session, which takes approximately 5-10 minutes.

It is proposed that the shockwaves create micro-trauma, which in turn activates processes within the tissues to facilitate healing by:

  • Promoting the formation of new blood vessels
  • Stimulating collagen production
  • Decreasing chronic inflammation

What can it Treat?

In our clinic, we have used shockwave therapy to successfully treat a variety of conditions that include, but are not limited to:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Calcific Tendinopathy of the Shoulder

How many sessions will I need?

On average, a total of 3-5 sessions performed at weekly intervals produces optimal results. Your physiotherapist will determine how often you need treatment depending on your tolerance and tissue response. Most patients will report marked improvement following the initial session.

Is shockwave therapy painful?

Shockwave is best described as a strong, deep and rhythmic vibration. You may experience some mild discomfort when it is applied over a painful area, but this usually subsides quickly after treatment.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral to be eligible for shockwave therapy. However, your doctor or podiatrist may choose to refer you for shockwave when other forms of conservative management have not succeeded.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy