Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment for tendon related concerns. Shockwave can provide immediate pain relief and promote tendon healing and repair. Typically when we have a prolonged problem within the tendon the body gives up on healing the concern. This is where a “failed healing response” can arise. Shockwave therapy reinitiates healing by tricking the body to heal the location.
Shockwave is a great alternative to a cortisone injection as it promotes a healing response to assist the body in repairing the concern. When shockwave is combined with specific exercises to strengthen the tendon and correct the reasons why the tendon was overloaded in the first place, patients typically response exceptionally well. This usually involves other exercises to fix mobility and strength concerns above and below the chain of the tendon. Therefore, shockwave is rarely done in isolation and for optimal results a thorough exercise program individualised to each patient will enhance the healing, pain reduction and prevent the concern coming back.
How does shockwave work?
Shockwave therapy at FSM is conducted by a fully qualified Physiotherapist or Podiatrist. A typical session will last 6-8 minutes in duration with most patients having some pain relief after shockwave is applied. The typical number of treatments required for shockwave to be effective is 3-4 sessions.
What conditions can shockwave help with?
- Plantar Fasciosis concerns (previously called fasciitis)
- Achilles tendinopathy (previously tendinitis)
- Patella tendinopathy
- Hip bursitis / tendinopathy (outer hip pain)
- Tennis and Golfers elbow
- Shin splints