What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive alternative to surgery and steroid injections. An applicator is freely moved over the area of pain, emitting radial shockwaves (radial pressure waves) into the tissues.
20 years ago, Shockwave therapy was used by the medical profession for the treatment of kidney stones. Many studies since have found it to be effective on other conditions where conventional treatment has been found unsuccessful.
Will Shockwave Therapy Help My Condition?
Shockwave Therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Plantar fasciitis and Heel Pain.
- Jumpers/ Runners Knee.
- Achilles Tendon Problems.
- Patella Tendonopathy.
- Tennis and Golfers Elbow.
- Bicep Tendonopathy.
- Supraspinatus Tendonopathy.
- Shoulder Chronic Pain and Calcifications.
- Trochanteric Bursitis.
- De Quervains Syndrome.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Muscle spasms.
- Frozen Shoulder.
- Shin Splints.
- Retro Patella Pain Syndrome (pain in front, behind, and around the kneecap).
How Does It Work?
The association between pain, muscle tone and vascular tone is broken, allowing natural movement patterns to be remembered and returned. It has been shown to take chronic pain/conditions back to acute and provides a trigger to repair the tissue (Watson 2012). This is done by:
- Mechanical Stimulation.
- Increasing Local Blood Flow.
- Increasing In-Cellular Activity.
- Transient Analgesic Effect.
- Breaking Down of Calcific Deposits.
After treatment you may experience some side effects, they should disappear after 5-10 days. These can include:
- Petchia (red spots).
Where It Can’t Be Used?
- Over Lung Tissue.
- During Pregnancy.
- Active Adolescent Growth Plates.
- Haemophiliac Patients or Those on Anticoagulants.
- Acute Inflammation.
- Implanted Cardiac Stents and Valves.
- Joint Replacements.