Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a treatment used in physiotherapy, orthopedics, urology and cardiology. Shock waves are acoustic waves that carry abrupt, high amplitude pulses of kinetic energy generated by rapid pressure changes of compressed air. When applied to damaged tissue, shockwave therapy transfers energy from these acoustic waves to the tissue. The process promotes a cascade of events to eliminate chronic inflammation and stimulate the production of collagen to restore the tissue. The benefits of shockwave therapy include analgesia and mobility restoration.
The focus of shockwave therapy is to provide a non-surgical approach to immediate pain relief and restoration of mobility. This is accomplished without the use of heavy medications, injections, or painkillers which permits a faster recovery time and resolution for various problems causing acute or chronic pain.
What to expect during a shockwave therapy session:
- The process takes about 5mins-8mins
- A gel is applied to the area, which acts as a medium to ease the transmission of the waves through the tissue
- The shockwave applicator is applied over the gel at the treatment area for around 2000 impulses
It is normal to experience some discomfort during the process. Typically 3-4 visits are required per treatment site. Speak to your therapist today if you think you could benefit from shockwave therapy.
Common conditions that are treated with Shockwave Therapy include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- Jumper’s Knee
- Stress Fractures
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis