Find Relief from Your Chronic Pain with Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is a high-intensity sound wave that is used to penetrate the skin in order to treat chronic soft-tissue injuries of 3 months duration or longer. The release of energy at the site of injury creates a positive healing effect. It is an excellent non-invasive solution which promotes rapid healing of the injured area with virtually no side effects.
How Does it Work?
Shockwave Therapy (SWT) involves using a handheld probe which acts as an acoustic wave generator that delivers strong energy pulses for short periods of time to the injured area. This promotes a physiological healing response in the tissue which serves to reduce pain. The effect of the shockwaves is to revascularize the affected area which results in improved blood flow and tissue healing, and the recovery of muscle tone.
- To accelerate tissue healing of chronic injuries
- To reduce inflammation
- To reduce pain
- To restore normal function and activity
- An initial assessment is done to evaluate the appropriateness of SWT.
- Treatments are once every 5 to 10 days, 3 to 5 treatments booked initially. Then we will wait an additional 3 weeks without treatment to allow further healing to take place.
- SWT is a “stand alone” treatment; no other modalities or exercises will be given during SWT treatment.
Conditions Treated with SWT
Applications in physiotherapy are mostly associated with the treatment of chronic tendon and muscular disorders, calcifications, and the treatment of trigger points.
SWT is an effective treatment, shortening recovery time and improving overall function. Common indications include:
- Plantar fasciitis, heel pain or heel spur
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis)
- Jumpers knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Achilles tendonitis (achillodynia)
- Shin splints (media ltibial stress syndromes)
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Muscle sprains, cramps and spasms
- Scar tissue treatment
- Rotator cuff tendonitis and calcification
- Trigger points in muscles
- Hip bursitis and pain
- Morton’s neuroma
- Low back pain