Shockwave Therapy? What is it and is it for me??

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Shockwave Therapy - what is it and is it for me? | Sutherland Podiatry Centre

Are you struggling with any chronic pain in your lower limbs? Have you got heel pain that just won’t settle even with supportive shoes and orthotics? Do you have painful Achilles tendons or calves that feel awfully tight? Do you wake up in the morning and struggle to put your feet on the ground pain free?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then keep reading, Shockwave may be right for you!

What is Shockwave, you are probably wondering. Shockwave sounds scary however it is a relatively modern treatment modality used in Podiatric and physiotherapy clinics for musculoskeletal conditions, formally known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy. The shockwave is an acoustic wave that carries high energy through the skin to the musculoskeletal tissue. This acoustive wave, works a variety of ways to see impressive pain relief and healing. The shockwave increases the metabolism, provides pain relief through a number of mechanisms, works to increase blood flow which in turn promotes healing. Not only does shockwave have great long term effects, many people can benefit with immediate pain relief following treatment. More specifically, shockwave increases metabolism, normalises muscle tone, breaks down calcifications and adhesions, reduces pain and re-vascularises tissue.

What conditions does Shockwave work well for?

  • Heel pain and heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprains and partial ligament ruptures
  • Partial tendon ruptures
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Tendinopathies (posterior tibialis, achilles etc)
  • Calcifications

What is involved in this therapy? We advise patients who are suitable candidates for shockwave on a tailored treatment regime, however in most cases, recurring sessions every five to ten days, for 4-8 sessions, depending on their pain is advised. The actual treatment is quite quick ranging from five to fifteen minutes. Depending on the severity of the injured structure, can be uncomfortable for a very short period of time. Some post treatment tenderness can be expected, with occasional bruising to the area.

Is shockwave for me? If you are thinking you would like to give this treatment a go, come in and see a Podiatrist at Sutherland Podiatry Centre for a consultation. Here they will go through your symptoms, and after your history and a physical examination, your eligibility and a plan will be decided. Please note, there are a number of contraindications to this therapy so if you are taking oral anti-inflammatories, are on blood thinners or immunosuppressant’s, pregnant or have active tumours / cancers, shockwave is not applicable.

If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation with a podiatrist, please call us on 9542 3491 or jump online.

From the team at Sutherland Podiatry Centre


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