What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves delivery of shock waves to injured soft tissue to reduce pain and promote healing. The shock itself is created with high energy acoustic waves and a special machine which sounds and can feel like a mini jack hammer! These waves are transferred via an applicator pulsing over the skin and directed tendons, ligaments, and muscles. This has been shown to stimulate the cells to leading to decreased pain, new cell growth, and new blood vessel formation.
What can Shockwave Therapy help with?
Numerous studies have shown shockwave to be effective for tendon problems such as calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder, gluteal tendinopathy, hamstring tendinopathy, patella tendinopathy (Jumper's Knee), Achille’s tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis.
Does it hurt?
Most patients will feel immediate pain relief following the shockwave therapy session. The frequency and intensity of the shocks can be adjusted though to ensure the session is kept within a comfortable level. It is not designed to be a painful treatment.
How many sessions are needed?
Most patients require around 5 sessions of shockwave therapy, spaced out every 1-2 weeks.
What is the cost?
We provide Shockwave Therapy at no additional cost to our regular consultation fees.
Is there anything else I can do to help my tendon pain?
Yes, a well designed exercise program that progressively increases the load on the tendon is one of the best ways to strengthen the tendons and regain function. This should be done together with identifying and reducing any excessive strain on the tendons that can occur with training errors, poor postures and positions, and compensatory movement patterns.
At Mt Kuring-Gai Health, our Physiotherapists and Chiropractors can comprehensively assess your tendon condition and provide Shockwave Therapy if required. To make a booking, call us on 02 8428 0555 or book an appointment online now.