Shockwave therapy is a evidence-based treatment for tendon pain (tendinopathy) and can be effective in the treatment of a range of tendon problems around the body including plantar facsiitis, ankle, shoulder, knee and elbow pain. It has strong support for its effectiveness from a large body of research and clinical trials.
Shockwave treatment was originally developed to treat kidney stones, and was developed originally to provide an alternative to surgery in these patients. 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.
High energy sound waves are created and focused on the injury using a special pad. Shock waves are repeatedly applied to the injury area, and will break down scar tissue and calcifications in the area, which in chronic cases the body is unable to repair by itself.
Watch an intro video of how Shockwave Therapy is used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bOJJN6Jxc0&w=550]
Shockwave treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive. The device produces intense but very short energy waves to accelerate the healing of painful orthopaedic conditions. It is quick and only takes 5-10 minutes for up to 2000 shocks to be delivered to a body area.
In the SWISS DOLORCLAST® METHOD:
“A projectile in the handpiece is accelerated at high speed by means of precisely controlled bursts of compressed air. When the projectile strikes the applicator inside the handpiece, its kinetic energy is converted into a mechanical energy force.
This energy is transmitted along the applicator without creating any noticeable movement. The shock wave energy is then emitted at the tip of the applicator and applied to the patient’s affected tissue.”
Learn more about how Shockwave therapy works:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUUq5JU9-gM&w=550]
Conditions that can benefit from Radial Shockwave Therapy include:
- Heel spur
- Morton’s neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Shin splint
- Jumper’s knee
- Runner’s knee
- Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Trochanteric Tendinosis
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Mouse Arm
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Calcified Tendinitis of the Shoulder
- Bursitis of the Shoulder
- Radial Shockwave Therapy
- Indications for Radial Shockwave Therapy
- Muscle and Skeleton
- Conditions in general Pain Relief
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Inflammation of Tendons
- Sports Injuries
If you have any other questions on Shockwave therapy, please ask one of our physiotherapists who’ll be pleased to answer them for you.