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Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Radial shockwaves are acoustic waves introduced into the body by a means of a transmitter and hand piece. When introduced into the tissue, shockwaves and pressurewaves have effect on a cellular level that are beneficial for healing. Increased blood flow and formation of new vessels create an improved environment for tissue repair. It has been further shown that the application of shockwaves influences the body's pain regulating mechanisms resulting in local pain relief.

 

Will it work for me?

Clinical studies have shown improvement of symptoms for chronic tendinopathies for conditions such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Tennis/Golfer's elbow 

  • Achilles tendinopathy

  • Shoulder tendinopathy

  • Gluteal tendinopathy

  • Jumper's knee/Patella Tendonitis

  • Calcific tendinopathy

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Shin Splints

  • Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

  • Hip/shoulder bursitis 

You may not be a candidate for Shockwave Therapy if you have any of the following:

  • Pregnancy

  • Acute inflammation

  • Cortisone injection - wait a minimum of 6 weeks after local injections

  • Malignancy

  • Blood clotting disorders

  • Warfarin use

  • High grade tear

  • Low bone density

  • Implanted devices

If you are unsure if you are a good candidate for shockwave therapy, please talk to your chiropractor.

Are there any side effects to Shockwave Therapy

As with any medical intervention, there are side effects. The majority will appear after 1-2 days. These side effects usually disappear after 5-10 days. Potential side effects include; redness, swelling, pain, bruising and petechia (red spots).

As with any medical intervention, there is associated risks. If a tendon or ligament is almost fully torn Shockwave Therapy could cause the remaining tissue to tear. If a patient has significantly low bone density (osteoporosis) Shockwave Therapy could cause a stress fracture. Those who take blood thinners (anti-coagulants) can lead to bleeding at the application site. This is why it is important that your chiropractor does a full medical history before engaging in treatment

How do I book a Shockwave Therapy appointment?

These appointments can be booked by booking a 'Shockwave Therapy' appointment through our website or calling the clinic on 08 9314 6300. This appointment has an increased price and may be 10 or 20 minutes depending on how many areas need to be treated.

If you have any further questions please talk to your chiropractor or contact the clinic 

How soon will it work?

Most patients require 3-6 sessions of shockwave therapy. Each session is between 3-10 days apart, depending on your tolerance and tissue response.

Very often you will experience some degree of relief after the first application.

Do I need to rest after treatment?

We would advise you to avoid high impact exercise after running for the first 48 hours after treatment.

Can I take an an anti-inflammatory?

Avoid the use of ice, steroid medications and anti-flammatory medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin following treatment as they can block intended effects of the healing process.

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