What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shock wave therapy is an evidenced-based treatment modality, that has been shown to assist tissue regeneration and repair, as well as providing pain relief in chronic conditions.
The device delivers acoustic shock waves that penetrate the skin helping the patient by depleting the amount of pain mediators emanating from nerve endings. The shockwaves travel through the skin to break down targeted tissue and stimulate tissue repair. It kick starts the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
- Shockwave Therapy is administered externally by a portable device.
- Research has shown Shockwave administered in conjunction with rehabilitation to be very effective in dealing with chronic pain injuries.
- Injuries that fail to respond to conventional treatments often benefit from Shockwave Therapy.
- Shockwave Therapy is usually administered over the tender area typically for 5 – 10 minutes. A patient may experience mild discomfort during the treatment but it is generally well tolerated.
- The device delivers an acoustic shock resulting in a reduction of pain experienced and stimulating natural tissue repair mechanisms.
- Calcified and damaged tissue breaks down as a response to the high-pressure waves, allowing natural healing with little discomfort.
How does Shockwave Therapy work
- Extracorporeal shock waves work on several levels. Pain is initially reduced by hyperstimulation anaesthesia that diminishes nerve pain signals relayed to the brain.
- Apart from diminishing pain, shockwave therapy also helps with the physical repair and regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues. Studies have shown that shockwave therapy stimulates repair of tendons and bones, while also improving blood supply to the affected area.
Benefits from Shockwave Therapy
As Physiotherapists we try to avoid invasive therapies such as injection therapy and surgery. However, we have found Shockwave Therapy is an important alternative, especially when treating painful tendons or joints suffered by active people.
Shockwave Therapy can be used soon after the occurrence of injury to stimulate immediate and ongoing repair, as well as for the healing of older injuries where calcification or damage of tissue is evident.
Some of the more common injuries that benefit by shockwave therapy include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Supraspinatus Calcification
- Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
- Lateral Hip Pain
- Patella Tendinopathy
- Golfers/Tennis Elbow (Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis)
- Generally the affected area is painful to the touch, your Physio can easily locate the troublesome tendon or joint area requiring treatment
- Shock waves are delivered through a device held lightly on the skin with gel contact. The treatment usually lasts for around 10 minutes, and only causes minor discomfort
- The procedure is safe and for optimum results therapy usually consists of weekly treatments for 3 – 6 weeks
- Following treatment, natural healing of the body will continue for several months, and many patients experience relief of major symptoms immediately after shockwave therapy
- There are no side effects and patients are able to head home immediately after the procedure
- Our approach at Lilyfield Physiotherapy is to provide Shockwave with an appropriate graduated exercise program to allow your injury to regain full functional recovery
Shockwave Therapy at Lilyfield Physio