Shockwave Therapy | Get Lasting Pain Relief With Shockwave
Read on to understand how Shock wave therapy may help you
Have you attempted a variety of conventional treatments for your heel spurs, tendonitis, or plantar fasciitis, but none of them were successful? These treatments may include manual therapy, orthotics, or pharmaceuticals.
Or perhaps your ailment has been so persistent for such a long time that a physician has suggested that you get surgery.
We highly recommend that you study the information and benefits of shockwave therapy as an effective and non-invasive alternative to traditional treatments and surgery for your tendon, muscle, or joint disease before making any decisions.
Shockwave therapy is an excellent treatment for tendonitis, muscle, and joint conditions and is administered in a standard consultation at our clinic.
What exactly is shockwave therapy?
How can shockwave therapy benefit my condition?
Shockwave Therapy (also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy) is an alternative to invasive treatments and conventional forms of rehabilitation.
The therapy is administered externally through the use of a portable handheld device.
Shockwave is an offshoot of lithography, which is a tried-and-true method that is utilised in modern medicine to break up kidney stones without the need for invasive surgery.
The Shock wave therapy device sends pneumatically generated high pressure shock waves to the affected area, triggers the body’s healing processes and improves blood flow.
These shock waves are able to go through the skin without causing any damage.
Inflamed soft tissue and bone calcification that are treated with these high energy shockwave pulses will mend more effectively without causing any damage to the tissues that are nearby.
How does Shockwave therapy work?
Is it an effective treatment and therapy for Achilles Tendonitis?
The theory behind shockwave therapy is straightforward and easy to understand. The therapy process causes very little agitation for the body and typically results in a significant reduction in pain.
Shockwave therapy induces safe levels micro-trauma and discomfort to the injured area of the patients foot through the hand held shockwave device. These micro-traumas then initiate the body’s natural healing response.
The healing response from your body causes blood vessel formation and increased delivery of nutrients to the affected area (e.g. plantar fasciitis or achilles tendonitis).
How can Shockwave therapy help me?
Its effective is supported by many clinical studies
Pain is also initially reduced by hyper-stimulation anaesthesia that diminishes nerve pain signals relayed to the brain.
The shockwaves help by depleting the amount of pain mediators emanating from nerve endings, resulting in a reduction of pain experienced due to this therapy.
The positive effects of shock wave therapy are supported by a large number of clinical studies for treating injuries such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and achilles tendonitis.
If you have a persistent tendon inujry in your lower limbs, it would be prudent to speak to us about your suitability for shock wave therapy.
Will shockwave work on my heel pain?
Shock wave therapy triggers the body's natural healing processes
Although the shockwaves may sometimes create some light inflammation for the podiatry patients in the first instance, overall the body’s natural healing processes and improved blood flow will decrease any inflammation you may have been experiencing from your injury and leaves no lasting side effects.
The number of Shockwave therapy appointments required at our podiatry clinic often varies depending on the severity and chronicity of the injury such plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis.
What number of shockwave therapy sessions will I need?
Will I feel any pain or discomfort with shockwave therapy?
Many patients at our clinic report that they start to feel relief and a decrease in symptoms after the first shockwave therapy treatment.
The typical treatment protocol usually requires three to five appointments for the patients at 72 hour intervals.
After the therapy treatment sessions are finished the injured area continues to heal for six to 18 weeks with maximal recovery occurring approximately three months after the treatment sessions end.
There may be some initial agitation when receiving treatment but there are no lasting side effects.
Are there side effects from this radial shockwave therapy?
Bellevue Podiatry uses industry leading Swiss Dolorcast shock wave therapy treatments
A number of clinical studies with control groups have shown results that shockwave therapy treatments create bodily changes that stimulates repair of tendons and bones, while also improving blood supply to the affected area and reducing pain in patients for injuries like plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis.
In particular, there have been several positive shockwave studies in the area of shockwaves and healing chronic cases of heel pain (see footnotes). We use the market leader in Shockwave machines at Belleve Podiatry – Swiss Dolorcast.
Please check out their shockwave webpage to understand more about the science behind Shockwave therapy and feel free to book an appointment at our clinic if you would like a treatment session with us.