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What Is Shockwave Therapy?

What is it?

Shockwave therapy is a fast evolving treatment which has become available in recent years. It is effective in treating stubborn trigger points and chronic musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and lower limb.

Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shock wave therapy breaks up painful calcifications and adhesions which could be impeding on the healing process and also promotes blood flow to the area which in turn increases the bodies healing potential.

Common conditions treated with Shockwave therapy

  • Heel pain and heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprains and partial ligament ruptures
  • Partial tendon ruptures
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Tendinopathies
  • Calcifications 

How many treatments are required and how often?

Optimal results with shockwave therapy are seen between the fourth and sixth treatment. Shock wave therapy is required once weekly.

How effective is shockwave therapy?

At Sutherland podiatry centre we have had great success with extracorporeal shock wave therapy particularly for those stubborn conditions which all other conservative treatments have failed. Generally by the 4th treatment the pain has settled by up to 70% if not more so.

Will I feel any pain?

Most patients will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting

Important things to note after SWT treatment

It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.

Anti-inflammatories are not recommended 4-5 days post treatment as these will counteract the effects of SWT.

What are we using it for?

At Sutherland Podiatry Centre, we are currently having enormous success using this type of treatment for stubborn heel pain.  If you have had heel pain that has been bothering you for more than 6 months, this is the treatment for you.

Call us now on 9542 3491, come in for an appointment, and we will see if this treatment modality is for you!

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Sutherland, NSW 2232

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