WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?

Shockwave therapy is a pressure wave that is transmitted through a probe into a chronically injured or painful area on the body to help it heal. It causes blood to flow to the area and stimulates more vessels to grow. It also causes a cellular cascade to provide pain relief, initiate healing, and help your cells create more healthy tissue to lay down. This technology is also applied to reducing kidney stones, called lithotripsy, when applied to musculoskeletal conditions it is termed orthotripsy.

There is currently a significant amount of research showing the effectiveness of shockwave as a non-surgical means of helping many chronic conditions to heal, provide pain relief, and improved function. See the list of treatable conditions below.

 

TREATABLE CONDITIONS FOR SHOCKWAVE THERAPY: 

·         Achilles tendinitis

·         Adhesions

·         Bursitis

·         Calcific tendonitis or Calcific deposits

·         Frozen Shoulder

·         Golfer’s elbow

·         Hamstring tendinitis

·         Heel Spurs

·         Heterotopic Ossification

·         Iliotibial (I.T) band syndrome

·         Metatarsal Pain

·         Muscle Strains

·         Osteoarthritis Pain

·         Patellar tendinitis

·         Plantar fasciitis

·         Pubic Symphysis pain

·         Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

·         Scar tissue

·         Shin Splints

·         Tendinitis

·         Tennis Elbow

·         Trigger point therapy

CONDITIONS NOT ELIGIBLE TO USE SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

If you have any of the following conditions, it is not safe for you to have Shockwave Therapy:

Bleeding Disorder          

Blood Thinning Medication           

Cancer or Local Malignancy

Cortisone Injection less than 6 weeks ago                       

Diabetes with Neuropathy

Inflammatory Joint Disease

Pacemaker                 

Pregnancy

 

NOTE: Children may have shockwave, however not near the growth plates of any bones/joints.

For safety reasons Shockwave is NOT applied over the front of the neck, chest, or abdomen, and cannot be applied over open wounds or infections.

 

TREATMENT PLAN:

Research suggests for most conditions 3 - 5 visits are required, each spaced 1 week apart. Some very longstanding conditions may require a few additional treatments. Initial appointments are 30 minutes, follow up appointments are usually 20 minutes. This treatment is covered under physiotherapy service for extended health plans. 

 

Is Shockwave therapy painful? 

Some people feel mild discomfort with Shockwave, but the pressure can be adjusted to a comfortable level.  Usually people find it relieves their pain, even during treatment. On the rare occasion people can have slight bruising, swelling or skin redness. 

 

What to do after a shockwave therapy treatment?

Activity and exercise as usual. Shockwave induces healing, inflammation is first stage of healing, so researchers advise not use any anti-inflammatory drugs or ice after treatment because this can reduce the effectiveness of the therapy. If you happen to have any pain it is advised to use an alternate pain relieving medication and or heat. 

Contact Rachel to learn more about Shockwave therapy or book an online appointment.