Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave Therapy (Shockwave therapy) is a series of high-energy impulses to the affected area. Treatment produces an inflammatory response. The body responds by increasing metabolic activity around the site of pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process. Shockwave breaks down scar tissue and possibly calcification as well. Transmission of pain is blocked by elimination of P substance. Shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing process. There is normally an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement.
- Protocol states that on average three to six treatments are necessary at weekly intervals; however additional treatments may be needed. 2000 shocks are delivered per session, which last approximately 5 minutes.
- You may feel some discomfort or pain however, the settings can be adjusted to suit each persons tolerance levels. Generally there will be immediate pain relief, but there may be some discomfort experienced 2-4 hours after.
- Even if it feels good, we would advise you to take it easy, rest.
- Although the immediate to short-term effects alone are excellent, the long-term effects of shockwave therapy can take up to 4 months. If you still have problems consult you therapist / doctor as additional treatments may be required or an alternative treatment may be necessary.
- You will need an initial assessment with the Physiotherapist to fully assess and diagnose the problem to see if Shockwave therapy is appropriate. The Physio will then discuss the treatment plan from there.