What is Shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment used for treating painful conditioning in bone tendons and other soft tissues. It is a safe and effective treatment option for acute, subacute and chronic injuries. This type of treatment is currently used in Physiotherapy Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Urology and Veterinary Medicine.
How does shockwave therapy work?
The acoustic wave energy is transmitted via compressed air into the tissues. This energy promotes tissue regeneration of bones tendons and other soft tissues, leading to faster healing times.
This results in the following:
- New blood vessel formation
- Stimulation of collagen production
- Reduction in chronic inflammatory markers
- Breakdown of calcified tendons
- Dispersion of painful chemicals (Substance P)
- The release of trigger points
All of these support the body’s natural healing mechanism, resulting in pain reduction and improved rehab outcomes.
Is Shockwave Therapy painful?
No. Shockwave therapy is a safe and non-painful treatment option.
What injuries can Shockwave Therapy be used on?
- Tennis Elbow
- Shoulder pain
- Rotator Cuff inflammation
- Glenohumeral Bursitis
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Groin pain
- Adductor-related groin pain
- Iliopsoas related groin pain
- Patellofemoral pain
- Achilles Tendon pain
- Plantar fasciitis
Who cannot avail of Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is unsuitable in the following circumstances:
- If you are pregnant
- If you have a blood clotting disorder (including thrombosis)
- If you are taking oral anticoagulants
- If you have received a steroid injection within 6 weeks
- If you have a pacemaker fitted
- If tumours are present at the treatment site
- If you have an infection or skin abrasion at the treatment site
- If you are under 18 (except in the treatment of Osgood-Schlatter disease)
Will I be in pain after treatment?
You generally experience a reduction in pain after treatment, but you may experience a dull, diffuse pain up to 24 hours after treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally, 3-4 treatments will reduce the most stubborn chronic pain, over a period of 5 to 6 weeks. Shockwave therapy works best with rehab exercises so the dysfunction tissue repairs itself correctly over the coming weeks. Your therapist will advise you on treatment outcomes once you are assessed.