What is Shockwave therapy?
Clinically proven, highly effective acoustic sound wave therapy applied with a probe to injured tissue to reduce pain and promote healing
How does Shockwave Therapy Work?
The device delivers shockwaves (acoustic sound waves, not electrical) through a handheld applicator which then spread through the tissues. This generates an inflammation like response in the injured tissue that is being treated.
The body responds by increasing blood circulation and formation of new blood vessels, which increases metabolism in the injured tissue.
Cell regeneration occurs and this accelerates the body’s natural healing process.
Nerves are stimulated to reduce pain and the shockwaves break down calcifications in the injured tissue.
What are the benefits of Shockwave Therapy?
- No need for surgery or medication
- No need for anaesthetic
- Completely non- invasive
- Treatments take approximately 10-20 minutes
- Analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect after treatment
- No loss of mobility or time away from work
- Fewer complications
- Strong clinical results – often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment
What conditions can shockwave help:
- Plantar fasciitis/plantar heel pain
- Achilles tendinitis/tendonopathy
- Posterior heel spur
- Mortons Neuroma
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
When should shockwave therapy be used?
Shockwave therapy is not used for everyone, it is generally for chronic conditions. However, our Podiatrists will discuss at your initial consultation if Shockwave Therapy is recommended and the frequency of visits.
Generally, patients attend clinic at weekly intervals for 3-6 sessions. A reduction in symptoms is often experienced after just 1 visit but this does not mean complete healing has occurred. The healing process continues for up to 6 weeks following the final treatment. A review appointment will therefore be made for 6-8 weeks later.
Shockwave is often not a standalone treatment and other methods may also be implemented such as footwear assessment, orthotics, exercises. This will all be discussed with you at your initial consultation, where a personalised plan specific to you, will be created in conjunction with you. Often shockwave is implemented if other methods have failed.