What is Shockwave Therapy?
Available at our Carrickmines clinic, Shockwave Therapy involves the use of non-invasive sonic pulses which are used to target and treat ailments such as plantar fasciitis and calcific rotator cuff tendonitis. In medical terminology, a Shockwave is a sonic pulse that passes through the surface of the skin through a water-based gel to act upon the tissues below. This is especially useful for conditions that are not optimally responding to traditional physiotherapy methods and also for ailments where calcification has occurred to assist with the breakdown of it. It was first used in the area of medicine by urologists in the 1980’s in the disintegration of kidney stones and was adapted for use on other musculoskeletal regions of the body fifteen years ago where it has demonstrated significant improvements in many chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
– Plantar fasciitis with/without heel spur
– Calcific rotator cuff tendonitis
– Achilles tendinopathy
– Patellar tendinopathy
– Myofascial trigger points
– Non-invasive treatment
– Fast to administer during treatment
– No prior anaesthetic/numbing of area
– Assists the natural healing process
– Traditionally minimal side effects
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While every patient we treat is on an individual case-by-case basis, traditionally Shockwave therapy has been known to yield speedy results in terms of pain relief. However it must be noted that some patients may experience side effects (that should last no longer than 24 – 48 hours) such as temporary redness of the skin, soreness and swelling. This will be discussed in full with your Chartered Physiotherapist. There are certain conditions however where Shockwave Therapy is not advised. This would include vascular or nerve disorders, tumours, pregnancy, over the growth plate in children or in cases of infection. Patients are always assessed and screened before undergoing Shockwave Therapy at PhysioCare.