Proactive Spine & Sports Medicine is pleased to introduce Shockwave Therapy as a new treatment modality for chronic tendon injuries. We are fortunate to be one of the very few clinics in the Macarthur region to have access to this technology.
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Shock Wave Therapy, also known as Extra Corporeal ShockWave Therapy (ESWT), provides a treatment option to patients suffering from a range of chronic tendon conditions.
Shock wave treatment was originally developed to treat kidney and gall stones as an alternative to Lithotripsy treatment. Some patients who had their kidney stones successfully treated also reported improvement in chronic musculoskeletal conditions in regions which were in the pathway of the shockwave treatment.
A handheld probe is pressed on to the affected area and the shockwaves are delivered through the skin to initiate an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated, and prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue.
The basic principles behind shock wave therapy are the high pressured acoustic shock waves that travel through the skin to breakdown calcified tissue and stimulate tissue repair and pain relief.
What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Help With?
A number of recent studies have shown shockwave therapy to assist with a number of chronic conditions which are traditionally difficult to resolve such as:
Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spurs)
Lateral and medial epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow)
Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
Gluteal Tendinopathy and Trochanteric Bursitis (Lateral Hip Pain)
Rotator Cuff injuries of the shoulder
Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
Impressive results have been reported in cases that have been hard to manage and failed to respond to conventional treatment regimes and approaches.
What sets this treatment apart from traditional treatments is that it treats the musculoskeletal pathology instead of just offering symptomatic relief
Does Shockwave Therapy Hurt?
The shockwaves are felt as pulses which may be a little uncomfortable but not painful.
We will start with a low level of intensity and increase this to a point where you feel comfortable.
What Can I Expect After My Shockwave Treatment?
Many patients experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately while others take several weeks to respond.
Some patients may experience a brief increase in pain for a day or two before their symptoms start to improve.
How Many Treatments Would I Need?
Since the majority of conditions treated with shockwave therapy are stubborn, chronic injuries it may take several weeks to see an overall benefit.
At Proactive Chiro & Sports Med we combine a number of treatment modalities to not only get rid of the pain, but also correct the underlying problem that may have caused the pain in the first place.
In addition to the use of shockwave therapy, we may also utilize:
Joint manipulation and mobilzation
Muscle and myofascial release
It is generally recommended to perform weekly session for a period of 4-6 weeks to make the best overall progress.