Therapeutic shockwaves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones without causing skin injury over 20 years ago. In recent years the technique has become popular in the treatment of a number of recalcitrant musculoskeletal conditions.
There are several theories about how this treatment works but the most accepted theory is that the micro-trauma caused by the repeated shock waves increases the blood flow to the area and this promotes healing. The treatment is simple, quick and non-invasive. Even better for our active patients – if you play a sport, run or just need to walk the dog you can generally continue to train as normal around the treatments.
Subiaco Foot Clinic offers shockwave therapy for the following conditions:
- Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciopathy
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Peroneal tendinopathy
- Myofascial Trigger Point Relief
What to expect
In most instances three (3) treatments spaced a week apart will be required to successfully treat the majority of patients. Some patients may require additional treatment if there is not sufficient energy given in three (3) visits. The initial appointment will take up to an hour but all subsequent appointments will only take 30 minutes. The treatment is very simple. The affected area of the body is positioned against the head of the shockwave machine. The shock waves or energy pulses are then applied to the affected area through the head of the machine. The number and strength of the pulses given depends on the patient and the area being treated, but a certain amount of energy needs to be delivered in order for the treatment to be effective.
Following treatment it is quite common for patients to experience an exacerbation of symptoms. Patients should avoid anti-inflammatory medication during the treatment interval to experience the full benefits. Paracetamol may be taken for pain relief. Some localised bruising may occur.
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08 9382 3334 for more information
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