Shockwave Therapy

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

Shockwave therapy is the use of high pressured acoustic shockwaves traveling through the skin to create microtrauma to the injured tissue. This microtrauma is a safe way to stimulate a healing response by the body. This healing response causes blood vessel formation, improved metabolism, increased delivery of nutrients to the affected area activating cell generation and where appropriate also helps dissolve calcium deposits.

What Are The Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is frequently recommended as a non-invasive last resort therapy for pain and injury that does not resolve with traditional treatment options. Shockwave therapy is has the benefit of being:

  • An effective therapy with quick results, generally requiring only 3-6 treatments.
  • Frequently rapid pain reduction, improved mobility and functionality.
  • Shockwave therapy stimulates your body’s own healing ability.
  • When used appropriately there are minimal potential side effects.

What to expect from Shockwave Therapy?

What Are The Precautions Regarding Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a fantastic proven treatment option for a number of musculoskeletal conditions, including Heel Pain, Achilles tendinopathy, Calf Muscle injuries, shin pain, and patella maltracking. Potential side effects are minimal, however shockwave therapy may not be indicated if you are affected by any of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes with affected circulation or nerve function
  • Tumour in or around the treatment area
  • Skin wound or acute inflammation in treatment area
  • Rupture or significant tear of the tissue or tissues in the treatment area
  • Heart or circulatory problems
  • Bleeding and blood coagulation disorders and taking associated medication
  • Cortisone injections in the area within one month prior to treatment

What Is The Evidence Regarding Shockwave Therapy?

The benefits of Shockwave Therapy can be found in numerous well regarded publications including the American Journal of Sports Medicine and the Journal of Orthopaedics. The reports in the literature are variable some suggesting as effective as 90% success rate for Plantar Fasciitis (Journal of Orthopedic Research 2003). However not all patients will be pain free after shockwave therapy, generally the current recommendations for shockwave therapy are that it is a safe treatment for patients who have failed conservative measures. At CQ Foot Clinic we realise every individual and their complaint is different and assessment to for a patients appropriateness for shockwave therapy is gauged on the individual circumstances not exclusively on the duration or symptoms and or failure to previous treatment.

Some other research supporting the use of Shockwave therapy includes:

  1. Rompe, JD, et al. “Low-energy extracorporeal shockwave therapy for painful heel: a prospective controlled single-blind study.” Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 1998;115:75-9.
  2. Rompe, JD, et al. “Evaluation of low-energy extracorporeal shock-wave application for treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis.” Jour Bone Joint Surg. 2002;84:335-41.
  3. Haake, M, et al. “Extracorporeal shock wave therapy for plantar fasciitis: randomized controlled multicentre trial.” Brit Med Jour. 2003;327(7406):75.
  4. Furia et al 2007, Extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy, Current Opin Orthop 2007; 18: 101- 111
  5. Rompe et al 2008, Eccentric Loading Compared with Shock Wave treatment for Chronic Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy, J Bone Joint Surg Am 2008; 90: 52-61
  6. Comparative Effectiveness of Focused Shock Wave Therapy of Different Intensity Levels and Radial Shock Wave Therapy for Treating Plantar Fasciitis: a Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Chang KV et al. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012;93(7):1259-68.
  7. Eccentric Loading Compared with Shock Wave Treatment for Chronic Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. Rompe JD et al. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008;90(1):52-61.

Think Shockwave Therapy May Be Right For You?

If your aches and pains are longstanding, reoccurring or not fully resolved then shockwave therapy may be a treatment option worthwhile discussing with your podiatrist. If you think shockwave therapy could benefit you then call CQ Foot Clinic on 0749213532 for an appointment in Rockhampton and Yeppoon.