Shockwave Therapy A New Tool In Physiotherapy
Therapeutic Effects Of Shockwave Treatment
During Shockwave therapy a high-intensity sound wave interacts with the tissues of your body, leading to a cascade of beneficial effects including:
- Neovascularisation ingrowth
- Reversal of chronic inflammation
- Stimulation of collagen and tissue regeneration
- Dissolution of calcium build-up.
Shockwave therapy creates an optimal healing environment by causing stimulation of these listed biological effects, basically shockwave treatment can help trigger your biology to start to heal the affected tissue.
Indications For The Application Of Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave treatment is frequently used in physiotherapy, podiatry, orthopaedics and sports medicine. In physiotherapy is it often used to treat variety of chronic tendinopathies including the Achilles tendon, rotator cuff tendons, patella tendons and “tennis elbow” as well as heel pain including plantar fascia disorders among others.
Shockwave therapy can be indicated in situations where:
- Pain has been present for 3-6 months or longer
- Where previous conservative treatment such as targeted exercises, biomechanical and ergonomic changes and other manual or electrotherapy treatment has failed.
Precautions Regarding Shockwave Treatment
Shockwave therapy should not be used in situations where:
- There is over a 50% tear to the tissue,
- A tumour in the area,
- If pregnant,
- Or if there has been a cortisone in the area in the previous 6 weeks.
Typical Shockwave Treatment Numbers
Obviously every individual and their individual situation is unique and must be treated as such, however typical shockwave treatment guidelines are that session are given around 4-6 days apart and a course of treatment often consists of 3-6 sessions with a maximum of 8 sessions in any course. If the results were undesirable then another course of shockwave therapy may be carried out.
Put simply, shockwave therapy is relatively new non- invasive therapy method used in treating tendon disorders, effective where other conservative methods may have previously failed and the beneficial effects of which are often experienced after as few as 1 or 2 sessions.