Sydney Physio Clinic is pleased to be able offer our clients access to Shockwave Therapy as a part of our services. Shockwave therapy is a relatively new tool used in the fight against many chronic musculoskeletal conditions and more without the need for injections, medication, or surgery…
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy at Sydney Physio Clinic provides a treatment option to patients suffering from a range of chronic conditions such as Achilles tendinopathy, tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. Shockwave therapy is frequently effective where previously conservative management has failed to resolve what are typically notoriously stubborn complaints of chronic musculoskeletal conditions .
Shockwave Therapy, or Radial Shockwave Therapy was a treatment approach adapted from the therapeutic use of shockwaves originally developed to treat kidney stones. The basic principles behind shockwave therapy are the high pressured acoustic shock waves that travel through the skin to breakdown targeted tissue and stimulate tissue repair, essentially kick starting the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions Shockwave Therapy Treats?
Shockwave therapy has undergone numerous clinical research trials and has results supporting shockwave therapy’s use in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as:
- Plantar Fasciitis/Heel spur (calcaneal spur)
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
- Patella tendinopathy
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
- Other forms of insertional tendinopathy
- Muscle strains
- Haematomas (deep bruises in the muscle)
- Shin splints
- Osteitis pubis
- Recalcitrant trigger points
- Osgood Schlatter Disease
Some impressive results have been reported in previously hard to manage musculoskeletal conditions that have failed to respond to prior conventional treatment regimes and approaches. Shockwave therapy is a relatively new too in the fight to help manage the above listed conditions however shockwave therapy is not limited to these listed conditions and can be used in other musculoskeletal complaints including back and neck pain and more…
How Many Shockwave Therapy Treatment Sessions Are Required?
- Shockwave therapy usually takes about three to six sessions per area treated.
- The treatment sessions are frequently conducted relatively close together ideally at one to two week intervals.
- A session takes in the area of 5-15 minutes and following the treatment, self-healing continues.
- You may experience relief from shockwave therapy as soon as 10 days after the initial treatment however some cases may require weeks for pain relief to occur.
- Shockwave therapy helps to reduce pain, increase mobility, helping restore function and improving quality of life.
What Should I Expect During A Shockwave Therapy Session
All new patients need be assessed during an initial consultation at Sydney Physio Clinic to assess if shockwave therapy is an appropriate treatment option for your condition. Shockwave therapy may be administered along with other forms of treatment to best assist the recovery of your complaint.
Regarding the application of shockwave therapy palpation will be used to locate the treatment area which will be marked to ensure accurate application. To optimize contact between skin and the applicator a gel will be applied to the area and then the hand held probe is applied to the skin delivering the shockwaves in a controlled and focused manner for about 5-10 minutes per injured area.
Some patients have described the process as sounding like a “small jackhammer” a stimulation that may produce some discomfort and depending on the area treated and the level of pain you are experiencing at the time of treatment that will typically resolve within 24 hours.
Between treatments, patients are able to perform all normal daily activities and very few complications have been reported with the use of shockwave therapy. with the primary problem with shockwave therapy being not all patients are cured of their symptoms.
Think Shockwave Therapy May Be Right For You?
If your aches and pains are longstanding, reoccurring or not fully resolved then shockwave therapy may be right for you. If you think shockwave therapy could benefit you then call Sydney Physio Clinic a centrally located CBD physio practice in the centre of Sydney and we will arrange you an assessment and treatment session.
Disclaimer: This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific medical advice or assistance on Shockwave Therapy A New Tool In Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions should consult his or her general practitioner, physiotherapist, orthopaedic surgeon or otherwise appropriately skilled practitioner.