RADIAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

WHAT IS RADIAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?

Therapeutic Shockwave Treatment was introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones over 20 years ago. One the side effects discovered was accelerated tissue and bone healing. Research has found that the shockwaves offer a non-invasive treatment solution to chronic tendon and soft tissue pathologies.

Radial shockwaves are high energy soundwaves transmitted via a treatment probe held against the skin which causes them to penetrate into the underlying tissues. The treatment works via the following mechanisms:

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PAIN REDUCTION – the pulses cause the activation of the bodies ‘Pain Gate Control’ mechanism which makes the brain inhibit the transmission of pain signals.

INCREASED METABOLISM – at a cellular level the shockwaves cause the production of pain and inflammatory inhibiting substances.

REVASCULARIZATION – the shockwaves induce increased blood flow to the area which promotes healing and regeneration of tissue.

REDUCED MUSCLE SPASM/TONE – pain tends to cause muscle guarding and this negative cycle is broken with shockwave therapy, thereby decreasing pain and restoring normal muscle tone and function.

DISSOLUTION OF CALCIUM DEPOSITS – In many cases shockwave treatment can break up calcium deposits in soft tissue and supports the production of collagen.

ADVANTAGES OF SHOCKWAVE THERAPY OVER OTHER TREATMENTS

1 – The targeted application of shockwaves means stress to the surrounding tissues is insignificant.

2 – The need for analgesics/anti-inflammatory medications is reduced/abolished.

3 – Shockwave therapy can prevent the need for surgical intervention in conditions otherwise resistant to other     treatment modalities.

4- For stubborn conditions such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis it may be the only effective solution. International results show rates of 70-80% success in curing chronic conditions that have not responded to other treatment modalities.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?​

Your therapist will examine you to determine the cause of pain. Shockwaves will then be applied via a treatment head held against the skin. The generation of shockwaves can cause the treatment to be quite noisy. The start of the treatment can cause pain but as the shockwaves penetrate more deeply this changes to a sensation of numbness or heaviness and the last stage of the treatment is usually much less painful. Treatment duration is approximately 10 minutes and many patients will report an improvement within 7-10 days. Depending on your condition between 3-6 sessions may be required with 5-7 days between treatments.

AFTER TREATMENT

You may feel some soreness after treatment which may intensify on the night after treatment. Simple analgesics and ice can help to manage this. Some people may experience local swelling, redness and minor bruising which usually fades within 3-5 days.

SIDE EFFECT

Side effects, if any, usually appear within 2 days of treatment and will fade within 3-5 days after treatment.

  • Post treatment pain
  • Local bruising – uncommon and minor
  • Redness and local selling of tissues

CONTRAINDICATIONS

We will not be able to give you Radial Shockwave Therapy if you have any of the following conditions:

-If you have a pacemaker, heart disease or uncontrolled high blood pressure

-If you have an acute inflammatory condition (eg. active Rheumatoid Arthritis), Asthma, DVT, Thyroncus or Cancer

-People with haemorrhagic tendencies or coagulation system disturbances, those on Warfarin, Heparin or any other blood thinning medication.

  • Pregnant women
  • Medical plastic or metal parts
  • Inflammatory skin conditions or oedema
  • Those with abnormal immune systems
  • Those who are numb or insensitive to heat
  • If you have had local steroid injections in the affected area in the last month
  • People under 18 years of age as growth plates can be affected (except in the case of Osgoode Schlatters)
  • Shockwaves cannot be applied over areas that are gas filled such as lungs, gut and large nerve bundles, major blood vessels, the spine and the head.

 

CONDITIONS RSWT CAN HELP

Plantar Fasciitis
Achilles tendinopathy
Shin splints, stress fractures
Muscle sprain
Jumpers knee, Osgood-Schlatter’s
Runners knee (ITB)
Trigger points
Trochanteric bursitis and tendinopathy
Piriformis Syndrome

Calcified shoulder tendinopathy
Frozen Shoulder
Cervicobrachial neuralgia
Trapezius tension
Lateral/Medial Epicondylitis
Finger tendinopathy
Muscular cramps/spasm
Cellulite

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Wed: 8.00am - 8.30pm
Thurs: 8.30am - 9.30pm
Friday: 8.00am - 7.00pm
Sat: 9.00am - 1.00pm
Sun: CLOSED