Shockwave

 

We are very pleased to offer Shockwave Therapy as part of our physiotherapy clinic.

What is Shockwave?

ESWT – Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (“Shockwave”), refers to the use of shockwaves in the treatment of many different conditions in physiotherapy, orthopeadics, urology and cardiology.  Originally developed to treat kidney stones in the 1980’s, shockwave has since proven effective in treating other conditions as well.

The shockwaves are abrupt, high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy, similar to soundwaves, which have a rapid peak pulse, with a very quick decease in pressure within nanosecond

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How does it work?

The basic principles behind shockwave therapy are the high pressured acoustic shockwaves that travel through the skin to stimulate pain relief and tissue repair. This process is called mechanotransduction, a molecular mechanism by which cells can sense mechanical stimulations and adapt their behaviour to mechanical signals.  As a result, a number of processes are activated including pain reduction and tissue healing over time.

How effective is Shockwave?

In terms of physiotherapy treatment, the following musculoskeletal conditions have shown good treatment effect, with numerous studies now confirming their value;

  • Heel Pain
  • Plantarfasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Patella Tendinopathy
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Hamstring Tendinopathy
  • Calcific Tendinopathy of the shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
Shockwave alone is not the answer – it must be part of a comprehensive treatment plan

 


 

Want more information, or interested in Shockwave?

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Call the clinic to speak with one of our physiotherapists about plantar fasciitis and treatment options that are available.

1300 784 724

Or click here to use our online booking system if you want to make an appointment

 


 

Reference List

  • Effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in lower limb tendinopathy : A systematic review. Mani-Babu et al American Journal of Sports Medicine 2015, 43, 752 – 761.
  • Load me up, Scotty”: mechanotherapy for plantar fasciopathy (formerly known as plantar fasciitis). Rathleff & Thorborg British Journal of Sports Medicine 2015, 49, 638 – 639.
  • Shockwave as biological therapeutic tool: from mechanical stimulation to recovery and healing, through mechanotransduction. d”Agostino et al. International Journal of Surgery 2015, http//dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.11.030.
  • Clinically relevant effectiveness of focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis. Gollwitzer et, al. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2015, 97, 701 – 708.

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