What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a highly effective non-surgical treatment of chronic muscular and tendon disorders, back and neck pain. It is commonly used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy and sports medicine. Research has shown that only after 3 to 4 therapy sessions, over 80% of patients have reported a reduction in pain and regaining to normal condition.
What conditions can Shockwave treat?
- Jumper’s Knee – patellar tendonitis
- Tennis Elbow – tennis and golfers elbow
- Painful Shoulder – calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles
- Chronic Tendinopathy
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Hip Pain – bursitis
- Feet – heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis
Pros of Shockwave Therapy:
It is an acoustic wave that carries high energy to painful spots and tissues with chronic conditions. The biggest attractive aspect of shockwave therapy is that it is a non-invasive option for chronic pain in your shoulder, back, heel, knee or elbow. As the treatment requires no anaesthesia or drug, the side effect is negligible.
Cons of Shockwave Therapy:
Shockwave Therapy is an expensive treatment. Also, its effectiveness is quite a matter of discussion. After the shockwave treatment, one may experience temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days after the procedure. This therapy is more effective if done for a period of 6 months to one year.
Expectation During Consultation:
You will be introduced to your therapist at your first visit who will discuss your symptoms and conditions, followed by the treatment. Before starting the procedure, the shockwave therapy will be explained. The treatment typically lasts for 10-15 minutes, followed by relevant hands-on manual therapy. Occasionally, a mild diffuse pain could be experienced which do not last more than 24 hours.
When Shockwave Therapy should not be used?
Avoid Shockwave Therapy if:
- Pregnant or trying to conceive
- Over mental plates or pins
- Nerve disorders
- Any infection
- Application over open growth plates
- Under anticoagulants
- Malignant tumors