Originally evolved from the discovery that focused sound waves were capable of breaking down kidney and gallstones, shockwaves have proven successful in a number of scientific studies for the treatment of chronic conditions. The wave promotes regeneration and reparative behaviours within bone and other types of tissue.
The purpose of the therapy is to trigger the body’s own natural healing response. Many people report that their pain is reduced and mobility has improved after the first treatment.
Ailments that can be treated using shockwave therapy:
- Feet – heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis.
- Elbow – tennis and golfer’s elbow.
- Shoulder – calcific tendinitis of rotator cuff muscles.
- Knee – patellar tendonitis.
- Hip – bursitis.
- Lower leg – shin splints.
- Upper leg – Iliotibial band friction syndrome.
- Back pain – lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain.
- Goals you may have regarding your condition.
Shockwave therapy should not be used if there is:
- A circulation or nerve disorder.
- Bone tumor.
- Metabolic bone condition.
- Open wounds.
- During pregnancy .
- People using blood-thinning medications or who have severe circulatory disorders .
Frequently asked questions
What you need to know
Q.Does shockwave hurt?There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area.
Q.Will I feel pain after treatment?Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some discomfort in the treated area.
Q.How often will I need treatment?Most indications require 3–5 treatments. This will be at the discretion of the therapist providing the treatment