Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy – AKA the jackhammer for tendons, Shockwave Therapy is a new technology whereby high energy shock waves are acoustically transmitted into target tissues to stimulate healing responses and pain relief.

There is a growing body of evidence to support the efficacy of Shockwave Therapy for chronic tendon problems, calcific tendonopathies as well as other soft tissue disorders and muscle pain.

Conditions which have been treated successfully include:
Tendon pain disorders
Heel pain – Plantar facsciitis/ fasciopathy, heel spur
Lateral hip pain – Gluteus medius tendonopathy/ bursitis
Achilles tendinopathy
Shin Splints (medial tibial stress syndrome)
Patellar tendinopathy
Tennis and golfers elbow (medial and lateral epicondylalgia)
Biceps tendinopathy
Rotator cuff tendinopathy

How does it work?
The basic premise of SWT is a stimulation of healing responses in conditions where healing has been slow, stalled or incomplete.
With a radial shockwave therapy device the ballistic principle is utilised which consists of a handpiece with a projectile which is pneumatically accelerated towards an applicator transmitter. Upon impact, a wave is produced which propagates in radial direction from the applicator into the tissues.

As the energy wave is transmitted into targeted tissues there has been demonstrated increased local blood flow, increased cellular metabolism (activity/ release of chemicals), modulation of inflammation, an analgesic effect from stimulation of nerves and break down of calcific deposits (an abnormal healing response in tendons). There have been no demonstration of detrimental effects at clinical treatment levels.

Who we wouldn’t use Shockwave Therapy for:
Haemophiliacs, people taking strong anticoagulants, cancer/ malignancy, local infection, osteoporosis, metal implants, near growth plates in children, pregnancy. You can find out more in our informative blog post on Shockwave Therapy.

Private Clients

A referral is not required for Physio as a private client. If you have private insurance health fund extras cover please bring your fund card and we can process your claim directly via HICAPs. Also bring along any relevant reports, scans etc.

What to expect in your consult?

• Improvement of blood and lymphatic circulation
• Pain reduction, analgesic effect
• Reduction of muscle tension
• Reduction of calcification and fibrotic changes (long term)
• Better range of motion
• Strengthening of connective tissue
• Increased cell regeneration process

Possible minimal side effects of Shockwave Therapy reported are some short term pain and discomfort, minor skin irritation and sometimes numbness which all resolve within a short period of time.
From clinical research the number of sessions required typically involve 3-5 sessions in most instances, sometimes up to 7 in slower cases and these are usually delivered around 1 week apart.

Importantly Shockwave Therapy has been found to be much more effective when combined with other treatment modalities particularly an appropriate exercise/ controlled loading program and stretches in some instances under the guidance of your physiotherapist.

Conditions we help with:

Tendon pain disorders
Achilles tendinopathy
Shin Splints

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