31 Oct Shockwave Therapy Explained
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
The Shockwave Therapy machine is a hand-held device that releases acoustic energy in the form of radial pressure waves directly on a painful area such as the achilles tendon or plantar fascia. Radial pressure waves encourage an increase in blood flow and help form new vascular pathways to the area of pain which stimulates healing. The process of cellular healing occurs by the proliferation of cells that build and renew the injured tendon, muscle or fascia. Clinically, we find this treatment is most effective for chronic conditions that have been around for a three or more months.
What are the benefits of Shockwave?
Shockwave (radial pressure wave) Therapy is a non-surgical way to treat chronic pain in the foot and ankle, as well as several lower limb conditions. It is non-invasive and relatively pain-free, with no medication or injections required (e.g. local anaesthetic or cortisone).
There are minimal to no side effects, with the exception of most patients experiencing relief from pain straight after treatment, as well as improvements in movement. Perhaps the best part is you can return to work straight after your treatment!
What is the rate of success for radial pressure wave (Shockwave) therapy?
Reputable international results show an overall success rate of 77% of chronic conditions that have not been successful with other treatment alternatives. A review period of 6 weeks following your final treatment is recommended. Clinically, Shockwave Therapy has become most effective when used in combination with other treatments for pain affecting the foot, ankle and lower limb.
- Most patients will require between 3–6 treatments at weekly intervals.
- For best outcomes, avoid medium and high intensity activities for up to 48 hours following treatment.
- Each session may take 20-40 minutes to deliver when used in combination with other treatments.
- If you’ve had recent injuries or corticosteroid injections, you need a break of at least 6 weeks before starting Shockwave Therapy.
- If you are pregnant or have a blood disorder we advise you not to have Shockwave Therapy.
Mrs Smith had been suffering from heel pain for several months. Her activities as an avid gym goer and weekend warrior were contributing to her condition which can occur with overloading. The use of Shockwave Therapy in combination with other treatment modalities showed marked improvements in her symptoms.
“I couldn’t believe it! The treatment was initially a little uncomfortable, but I was in a lot of pain before, so I was willing to try anything. I am pain-free today. I’m back at the gym and enjoying my weekends again!”
If you’re suffering from chronic pain in your lower limbs due to plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, come in for a consultation at footinjuryclinic Barangaroo to see if Shockwave Therapy is right for you. Call footinjuryclinic Barangaroo: 8599 9811