Who does Shockwave Therapy benefit?
- Everyone with soft tissue injuries can benefit, especially athletes.
- These aliments are quite common and can be resolved effectively with shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy provides a safe, non surgical alternative for those suffering from:
- Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
- Tennis Elbow
- Jumper’s Knee
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Trigger Points
- Scar Tissue
- Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopaedics, physiothera- py, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine.
- Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration.
- Shockwave is a on-surgical intervention that is ideal to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain.
- There is no need or indication for NSAIDs.
What would Shockwave Therapy do for me?
- Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and tissue. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.
How does it work?
- The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
- Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment. The application is simple and easy. Initiate therapy in 3 steps:
- Location of the area to be treated—The area to be treated is located using palpation in order to deliver the therapy correctly.
- Gel Application—Gel is applied to the area located in step 1. The gel helps in transferring the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly.
- Therapy Initiation—The Shockwave applicator is slightly pushed against the area to be treated and the start button is pressed.
- New blood vessel formation
- Reversal of chronic inflammation.
- Stimulation of collagen production and dissolution of calcified fibroblasts.
- Dispersion of Pain Mediator (lower substance P and triggers pain relief).
- Release of trigger points—the acoustic energy unblocks calcium build up.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Will Shockwave therapy help me? Up to 80% of the same patients worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their problem.
2) Does the treatment hurt? There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort.
3) How many treatments will I need? 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) treatment. Very often though, you will experience relief right after the first treatment.
4) Will I feel any pain after the treatment? Most patients will experience an 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.
5) Are there any restrictions after the treatment?
- Stay active 48-72 hours (normal activity)
- Heat (No Ice)
- Physiotherapy exercises/ stretches to be performed.
- It is recommended that patients refrain from strenuous physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated area.