Shockwave Therapy Northcote
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is used across many disciplines including Chiropractic, Sports Medicine, Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Its main benefits are fast pain relief and restoration in mobility.
It is the ideal therapy to speed up recovery and avoid surgery or pain medication when dealing with acute or chronic pain conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
Shockwave Therapy targets painful areas and musculoskeletal tissue by delivering an acoustic wave which carries high energy to those painful areas promoting tissue regeneration and repair to bones, tendons and other soft tissue. The acoustic waves interact with tissues causing overall medical effects of tissue repair, analgesia and increased range of motion.
How Can Shockwave Therapy Help?
Shockwave Therapy can help to:
- Improve blood and lymphatic circulation
- Reduce pain
- Reduce calcification’s and fibrotic changes
- Increase range of motion
- Strengthen connective tissue
- Increase the cell regeneration process
What Conditions Do Shockwave Therapy Treat?
We use Shockwave Therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions such as:
- Rotator Cuff / Calcified Tendonitis of the shoulder
- Radial and Ulnar Humeralepicondylitis
- Patellar Tendonitis / Patellar Tendinopathy
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Osgood Schlatter
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Trigger Finger
- Illiotibial Band Syndrome
- Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Wound Healing
- Hip/Greater Trochanteric Pain
- Trigger points
- Other disorders of tendon insertions
- Non union healing
- Pain and Inflammation in orthopaedic conditions
What To Expect With Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave Therapy has a host of benefits to treat your condition, including:
- Shortened treatment regimes (3 to 6 visits)
- Does not require medication
- Shockwave Therapy can help to prolong or even avoid surgery
- No anaesthetics are required for Shockwave treatment
- Minimal side effects
- Shockwave Therapy treats the root causes (origin) rather than the symptoms
Does the treatment hurt?
There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain you are already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
How many Treatments will I need and how often?
The number of treatments varies depending on the indication and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative, so you will typically need more than one (3–5) treatments. Very often though, you will experience relief right after the first treatment. Most indications require 3–5 treatments which are done 3–10 days apart, depending on the patient’s tolerance and their tissue response.
Will I feel pain after treatment?
Most patients will experience immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting.
Are there any restrictions after treatment?
It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.