Each session of treatment takes approximately 5–10 minutes.
Most conditions require 4–6 sessions. Treatments are done 5–10 days apart, depending upon patient tolerance and tissue response.
We often find most patients notice relief of symptoms after their first treatment. For some it may take 3–4 treatments. A course must be completed for full benefit, and can take up to several months.
There may be some discomfort during treatment; depending upon the level of pain you are already experiencing. However, since the treatments only last for about five to ten minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort quite well. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted at the beginning of each session to allow some analgesic effects.
The worldwide reported rate of clinical success with Shockwave Therapy is 77%–80%. We have found a similar rate of success with our patients.
The technology involved with extracorporeal shockwave technology has been used for decades on millions of people. In all its use, Shockwave therapy of the musculoskeletal system has been found to have virtually no serious side effects. In fact, even mild side effects like tingling, aching, redness, or bruising are relatively rare, modest and short-lived.
A variety of conditions can be treated, including:
Tennis & golfers elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis)
Chronic Heel pain (bottom or back of the heel)
Jumpers knee (Patella Tendinopathy))
Shin splints (Medial Tibial Periostitis)
Chronic muscle pain and injury
Patients should avoid physical activities – especially those that involve the treated region – for 48 hours following each treatment.
Yes. General contraindications and/or precautions include:
- Cortisone injections within one month prior to the start of Shockwave Therapy
- Blood thinning medications such as Coumadin or Heparin
- Heart or circulatory problems
- Cancer in or around the treatment area
- Nerve or blood supply being too close to the site of treatment
The painful area will be located by palpation, or in some cases using diagnostic ultrasound. Ultrasound gel will be applied to the skin before administering the shockwaves to ensure good contact.
Shockwave therapy will then be administered by Ian Vasey (LINK) using a hand-held probe and calibration machine.
This is a non-invasive procedure. No anaesthetic is required. If pain is experienced during the treatment, adjustments can be made to the treatment settings to reduce the level of discomfort.
A series of treatments, on average 3-4, are required. This will vary from patient to patient. Each treatment session lasts approximately 10-15 minutes
It takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes to administer the treatment.
It is normal to experience a reduction of pain or no pain at all immediately after the treatment, but a dull pain may occur a few hours later. This dull pain can last for a day or so and in rare cases a little bit longer.