What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is the application of high energy sound waves directly to the tissues of the body via the skin to stimulate a chemical and physical response. This response activates the body’s healing process and gives it the jump start it often needs.
How does shockwave work?
- Stimulating healing in the tissue through activation of fibroblast production (ligaments, tendons)
- Increasing circulation through production of new blood vessels
- Decreasing pain through alterations in Substance P release
What are some of the conditions that can be treated using shockwave therapy?
Because of it’s varied physiological and biological effects shockwave therapy has a number of uses in the clinical management of patients.
Most commonly shockwave therapy is used to treat chronic tendinopathies, however it can be used in the management of a variety of conditions including:
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciopathy
- Patella tendinopathy
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Medial tibial stress syndrome (“Shin splints”)
- Lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”)
- Muscle strains
- Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
What benefits can be gained from Shockwave therapy?
In recent years shockwave therapy has increasingly been used to improve the pain and discomfort associated with chronic musculoskeletal injuries of the body. As a non-invasive treatment, the potential benefits of the shockwave include:
- Effective, targeted therapy with quick results, usually within 3-6 sessions
- In large portion of cases pain relief is felt at end of the first session with continual reduction with each application. This is combined with improved mobility and function
- Stimulation of the body’ immune and repair system to stimulate the healing process
- Minimal side effects when used under a clinically appropriate protocol
How frequently do I need to have treatment?
Treatment is done weekly for up to 6 weeks. Most patients will begin to feel meaningful improvements in pain after their first session
How quickly will I feel improvement in symptoms?
Most patients will feel some improvement in pain immediately following their first session. This is often combined with an improvement in available motion at the affected area. Full and complete healing will take weeks to months (remember that collagen takes 6 weeks to fully mature). Significant pain relief is usually seen before complete healing has occurred.
What type of machine does Pinnacle Health Group use?
In the last few years a number of new “shockwave” machines have entered the health landscape, many of which are cheap prototypes that are no different to a massage stimulator. When deciding which machine to bring to Pinnacle Health Group that would be suitable for our client’ needs, there was a clear choice. The DolorClast Master Touch is the highest quality unit of the market and is backed by the largest body of evidence of any shockwave unit.