Shock Wave Therapy- An effective treatment for Tendon attachment injuries

Northern beaches physiotherapy is very excited to be able to offer Shockwave therapy to our patients.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave is an innovative, non-invasive treatment involving high frequency, short duration, bursts of high-energy pulses that are transmitted into injured tissues. These high intensity pulses of mechanical energy aggravate the injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc.) at a cellular level, which stimulates a healing response. Ultimately, this treatment strategy accelerates tissue healing with minimal scar tissue production. The literature has shown this technique to be very successful in the treatment of chronic soft tissue injuries, tendinopathies and repetitive strain disorders.


Conditions that we successfully treat with Shockwave Therapy

Extracorpeal shockwave therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions especially in regions where soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments connect to bone. Some of these include:

  • Tennis elbow                                                         SWT
  • Golfers elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendonopathies
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Jumpers knee
  • ITB friction syndrome
  • Hamstring tendonopathy
  • Gluteal tendonopathy



One of the most common regions treated with shockwave therapy is the foot due to the strong support for its use in research studies. Some conditions in the foot that respond very well to shockwave include:

  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Heels spurs
  • Achilles Tendonosis
  • Peroneal tendonosis
  • Tibialis posterior tendonosis

What should I expect when I am receiving Shockwave Therapy?

If you are a good candidate for shockwave therapy, your physiotherapist will let you know. Your physiotherapist will locate the area of pain through palpation.  This area will then be marked and some ultrasound gel applied.  The shock wave impulses are delivered using a hand-piece.  It takes about five minutes to deliver a single treatment. Typically you will require 3-5 treatments of shockwave and your sessions are generally scheduled one week apart, Most people will notice the benefits of shockwave therapy right away (even right after the first session).

Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?

Shockwave therapy can be mildly painful for some however most patients are able to tolerate the discomfort well. Your physio can adjust the intensity of the energy so that it is comfortable for you and can ramp up intensity if you are able to tolerate more. The most intense pain is during the application of shockwave, which only lasts 3-5 minutes. The best part is that the majority of patients will notice a great deal of relief right after the treatment. In rare cases you may feel some soreness for approximately 24 hours after your session and you may have an inflammatory reaction which can include redness and local tissue swelling.

If you have any questions regarding shockwave therapy or wondering if it could be a beneficial treatment for you’re condition, please call us in 99712185 and have a chat with one of our physiotherapists.




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