Shockwave Therapy: An Overview

Heard about shockwave therapy and wondering what it is?

Shockwave therapy AKA shockwave, is an increasingly popular medical treatment used in sports medicine, used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Our podiatrists in Sydney CBD are experts when it comes to this treatment and its application.

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment in which high-energy sound waves are applied to a treatment area to stimulate healing in damaged tissue. It works by having acoustic waves directed towards a treatment site, triggering the natural healing process of the body. This leads to improved blood circulation, reduced pain and inflammation, and increased tissue regeneration.

How does it work?

The therapy is performed using a special device that generates sound waves, which are then delivered to the affected area through a handpiece. The acoustic sound waves cause a mechanical pressure and tension in tissue, which causes a cascade of events that stimulate healing and tissue regeneration. 

For more in-depth information on the working mechanics of shockwave therapy, watch our video by CLICKING HERE 

Does shockwave therapy work?

Research has shown that shockwave can be an effective treatment for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and chronic pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. In many cases, patients experience a significant reduction in pain and improvement in mobility after a series of shockwave therapy sessions.

Does it hurt?

Shockwave is well-tolerated when being applied by an experienced professional. Most patients do not experience significant discomfort during the procedure as the density of the sound wave itself is controlled by the practitioner based on patient experience. However, some patients may experience a mild discomfort or a slight tingling sensation during the therapy, but this typically subsides quickly. Our podiatrists in Sydney CBD are highly trained and experienced in its application, and will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process.

What does shockwave treat?

Shockwave is used to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Chronic pain in the back, neck, and shoulders
  • Tennis elbow
  • Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
  • Greater trochanteric bursitis
  • Midportion Achilles tendinopathy
  • Non-union fractures

For more information on the injuries treated with shockwave therapy, watch our video by CLICKING HERE

Shockwave Therapy in Sports Medicine

Shockwave therapy is commonly used in sports medicine to help athletes recover from injuries and improve their performance. Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of conditions as mentioned above, and can help improve performance by reducing pain and improving mobility.

To summarize, shockwave therapy is a non-invasive medical treatment that can be an effective solution for a range of musculoskeletal conditions. If you’re experiencing chronic pain or mobility issues, consider speaking to our podiatrists in Sydney CBD to see if shockwave therapy is right for y

Daniel Graham
Podiatrist Sydney CBD

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