Have you ever paid the painful price of failing to warm up properly before exercise? Or lifted weights that were a little too heavy. Or taken that training schedule to its extreme limits. If so, you would be familiar with the aching pain that is tendinitis.
There is a reliable and proven form of therapy that effectively relieves chronic pain associated with tendinopathy (or tendon injuries). It involves shocking the body into self-healing.
Embracing the benefits of Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy might conjure dark images of electric shock. That is far from the reality. Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave Therapy uses mechanical vibrations to deliver sound waves (not electric waves) to the injury site to ‘shock’ an inflammatory reaction. The body responds by boosting blood circulation to heal the soft tissues and kick start the natural healing process.
The technology is not new – it has been used to break down kidney and gallstones for many years. And it is a popular treatment for a range of muscular and tendinopathy conditions including:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bone spurs
- Jumper knee
- Painful shoulders
- Hip pain
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Calcification, and
- Medial tibial stress syndrome
Shockwave therapy has helped many others just like you
Shockwave Therapy really comes into its own as a gentle method to treat injuries that have failed to heal with conventional therapies. It is safe, non-invasive, and scientifically proven to eliminate pain, restore mobility and improve quality of life.
Numerous studies have found shockwave therapy significantly reduces pain (by as much as 72.1%). It also improves function and quality of life.
How? Because shockwave treatment addresses the root cause of the pain rather than treating the symptoms. Performed by a qualified physiotherapist, there are minimal risks or side effects and recovery is swift.
Some tenderness following treatment is expected as the shockwave stimulates an inflammatory response. The good news is, that is a sign the body is healing itself – without any need for drugs or invasive intervention.
The effectiveness of shockwave therapy
The medical benefits of shockwave therapy are many. You might hear about the formation of new blood vessels, the reversal of chronic inflammation, the accelerated production of collagen, the breaking down of calcium build-up and even the lowering of substance P levels.
Unless you are medically trained, you might feel a little confused.
In simple terms, a device that looks a little like an ultrasound transducer uses a fast, pulsating sensation to deliver high-intensity sound waves to the injury site. The waves boost blood flow and collagen is produced (which enhances function and reduces pain). These actions combined trigger the body to start the healing process. Pain relief is fast and recovery is quick.
What to expect from your shockwave treatment
Shockwave therapy is safe and it is effective. However, it is not for everyone. We encourage a discussion with your physiotherapist first to determine whether treatment is appropriate for your condition.
At New Age Physiotherapy, we combine shockwave therapy technology and our knowledge and experience to deliver results to our clients. We start with a consultation to understand your condition, and explain the shockwave therapy process, its benefits and what you can expect before commencing treatment.
Ask us how it can help you.