Elite Health Physiotherapy is pleased to offer our clients access to Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) as a part of our services.
WHAT IS SHOCKWAVE THERAPY?
ESWT, also known as Shockwave Therapy, or Radial Shockwave Therapy, provides treatments to patients suffering from a range of chronic conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinopathy that are notoriously difficult to resolve.
Shockwave treatment was originally developed to treat kidney stones (renal calculi) and is known as Lithotripsy treatment in this area of medicine. It was developed to provide an alternative to surgery in these patients. Some patients who had their kidney stones successfully treated also reported improvement in chronic musculoskeletal conditions in regions which were in the pathway of the shockwave treatment.
HOW DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY WORK?
The basic principles behind shockwave therapy are the high pressured acoustic shockwaves that travel through the skin to stimulate pain relief and tissue repair.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES SHOCKWAVE THERAPY TREAT?
Shockwave Therapy has attracted several clinical research trials which have supported its use in the treatment of patients with the following conditions:
Plantar Fasciitis/heel spur (calcaneal spur)
Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
Other forms of insertional tendinopathy
Other musculoskeletal problems:
Osgood Schlatter Disease
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
Impressive results have been reported in cases that have been recalcitrant and failed to respond to treatment regimes including conventional approaches. What sets this treatment apart from traditional treatments is that it treats the musculoskeletal pathology instead of just offering symptomatic relief.
The physiotherapist will pass the shockwave applicator over the injured area. While the stimulation may produce some discomfort, patients often feel immediate reduction of pain in the first 24 hours after treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The therapy usually takes up to 5 sessions of 10 – 15minutes.
There are several studies using ESWT published in the medical literature and they indicate that ESWT is a safe treatment option. Occasionally people experience a bruised feeling, discomfort that may last for a day after treatment, or skin irritation. ESWT is contraindicated if you have a clotting disorder, are on anticoagulants, are pregnant, or have inflammation in the treatment area.