Shockwave Therapy at Contemporary Healthcare Dee Why Northern Beaches
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a modern and highly effective treatment method that has been safely and effectively used in North America for 20 years and in Europe for over 30 years.
This type of technology is based on lithotripsy, which is used in a hospital setting to break up kidney stones and gallstones.
This technology is now being used to treat a wide variety of conditions such as muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.
How do shock waves work?
The Shockwave machine generates a high energy percussion sound wave or physical shock. There is no electrical shock as seen in other types of equipment such as interferential therapy. The sound wave generated penetrates deep into the affected tissue and causes the following effects;
- Shockwave treatment accelerates the healing process dramatically by breaking up scar tissue and/or calcification, locally increasing metabolic activity and increasing blood circulation.
- Dysfunctional tissue is remodelled forming normal stronger healthy tissue.
- Damaged tissue regenerates and heals at a dramatically enhanced rate.
- Pain transmission is inhibited via the inhibition of nociceptors (pain receptors) neurologically.
What Does Shock Wave Therapy Treat?
- Muscle strains
- Back pain
- Chronic pain
- Elbow Pain: tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries
- Shoulder Pain: “frozen shoulder”, tendonitis such as rotator cuff or biceps, calcific tendinitis.
- Knee Pain: Osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, patellar tendinopathy (jumpers knee), shin splints, iliotibial tract problems.
- Ankle and Foot Pain: Heel spur, plantar fasciitis, morton’s neuroma, chronic instability of the ankle /foot
- Hip pain: trochanteric bursitis
- Myofascial pain—Trigger points
- Chronic ligament tear/sprains
- Tendonitis of the hand/thumb
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- TMJ Disorders (Jaw Problems)
- Elimination of scar tissue which has formed either through injury or after surgery.
What Are The Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy?
- Fast relief from pain. This therapy stimulates the body’s own healing processes and patients will normally feel an immediate reduction in pain and an improved range of motion.
- Generally, only 4-12 sessions are needed. This is dependant on the type of injury and its chronicity.
- High level of safety.
- It is highly effective for chronic pain.
- The treatment is non-invasive and no anesthetic is required.
- Shockwave therapy is tolerated very well by most patients.
- Generally, the patient will not need medication due to the fast pain relief provided by the shockwave therapy.
- This type of treatment is recognised as leading-edge technology overseas.
- Shockwave treatment is proven by many independent studies and has proven to be effective for specific indications with success rates of between 80-90%.
- Treatment times are short with only 5-10 minutes needed per session. This is important in our busy daily lives, where most people are time poor.
- Shockwave therapy is very successful for injuries and conditions that have not responded to other forms of therapy.
Contemporary Healthcare Dee Why was one of the first clinics to make this technology available in Australia. We have safely and effectively been using shockwave therapy for almost 10 years, and thus have a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of Shockwave Therapy and its application in a clinical setting.
Contemporary Healthcare is a multidisciplinary practice that incorporates Chiropractic, Shockwave Therapy, Hypervibe Therapy, Applied Kinesiology, NET, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, and Massage. It is located in Dee Why on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
If you have any questions regarding Shockwave Therapy or if you want to make an appointment, please call the practice on 9971 4408.
This article was written by Dr .Orazio Trevisan (Integrative Chiropractor), one of the Directors of Contemporary Healthcare Dee Why