What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses acoustic waves to treat musculoskeletal pain and other conditions. The acoustic waves create a pressure pulse in the affected area, which helps to break down scar tissue, increase blood flow, and stimulate healing. This can help reduce pain and improve mobility in the affected area. Research has also stated that shockwave therapy promotes the production of pain-inhibiting substances in the body for pain reduction.
What conditions does it treat?
- Plantar fasciitis
- Calcific tendonitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Tennis or golfer's elbow
- Trochanteric bursitis
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Stress fractures
- Hamstring injuries
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Your Physiotherapist will perform a detailed assessment for your painful condition to establish a physical diagnosis for you.
- He/she will then determine the area and dosage for application of shockwave therapy, as per indication. He/she will also set the required parameters such as frequency, pressure and number of pulses to be given on the Shockwave Machine.
- Administration of Shockwave Therapy takes a short duration, typically about 3-4 minutes. You will experience short pressure pulses on the painful area delivered with shockwave head by your physiotherapist.
- Typically, Shockwave therapy is administered twice a week for about 3-4 weeks (6-8 sessions), depending upon the severity of the pain and the condition. Your physiotherapist will design your plan of care as needed.
Yes, as shockwave therapy induces minimal to no discomfort after treatment, you can resume all the daily activities or recreational activities, unless specified otherwise by your physiotherapist.
Also, your physiotherapist will provide you with a home exercise program to strengthen and stretch your muscles and joints for your optimal functioning.