Shock Wave Therapy – new, proven chronic injury and trigger point therapy

Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) is a new proven treatment for acute pain, chronic pain and trigger points. It uses high intensity sound waves to stimulate’s your body’s healing response. It’s recommended as a non-invasive treatment of last resort before surgery.

Shock wave therapy relieves pain by essentially waking up your body’s natural healing abilities. It acts as a ‘kickstart’, stimulating your metabolism and increasing blood circulation. New blood vessels grow, tissues regenerate, tendons strengthen and function is restored.

If your aches and pains are reoccurring, long standing or have not been fully resolved with traditional methods then Shock Wave Therapy could be the right treatment for you.

When will I see results from Shock Wave Therapy?

  • Shock Wave Therapy benefits are typically seen within 3-6 treatments.
  • Over 80% of patients report no pain or significant pain reduction after 3 treatments.
  • More difficult cases may require 6-8 weeks of treatment for pain relief to occur.
  • Healing continues after treatment for up to 12 weeks.
Palpation of pain area ready for Shock Wave Therapy application

What benefits can I expect from Shock Wave Therapy?

Effective with quick results, generally requiring 3-6 treatments

Typically, immediate pain reduction

Stimulates your body’s own healing ability

Improved mobility and functionality

Non-invasive

No anasthetic

No known side effects

No medication

No surgical procedures

Injured area being marked for shock wave therapy application.

What does the research say about Shock Wave Therapy?

The benefits of Shock Wave Therapy can be found in many publications of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Shock Wave Therapy is suitable to treat many conditions (see below). Some research examples include:

  • 90% for Plantar Fasciitis (Journal of Orthopedic Research 2003)
  • 91% for Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendonosis (Journal of the American Medical Association 2005)
  • 80% of professional athletes with Chronic Hamstring Tendinopathy returned to their pre-injury level of sport after 3 months of treatment. in Professional Athletes (American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2010)
  • 85% of treatment group for Medial Tibial Stress syndrome were able to return to their pre injury sport (American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2010)
  • 77% improvement for Tennis Elbow (Journal of Orthopaedics 2005)
  • 64% Achilles Tendinopathy patients reported complete recovery or much improved  (Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2008)
Gel is to be applied during shock wave therapy session.

What conditions may Shock Wave Therapy help?

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Finger pain
  • Foot pain
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Hip pain
  • Knee problems
  • Leg pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Runners knee
  • Scar tissue treatment
  • Sciatica
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Wrist pain
Applying the probe during a Shock Wave Therapy session

What can I expect during my Shock Wave Therapy session?

We assess your injury during your Initial Consultation session. Your chiropractor will discuss treatment options for your injury. We typically use a mix of therapies, including Shock Wave Therapy. Sometimes we may only use Shock Wave Therapy depending on your injury.

Our trained chiropractors use a light hand-held probe applied against your skin. Sound wave pulses (not electrical) are delivered to your injured area. These “shockwaves” are directed in a controlled and focused manner. Each injured area is treated for about 5-10 minutes.

Depending on the area treated and your pain, you can expect some small discomfort. This typically resolves within 24 hours. The intensity of the treatment can also be adjusted. This allows for some analgesic effect at the beginning of each session.

Between treatments, patients are able to perform all normal daily activities.

What precautions are there before using Shock Wave Therapy?

Shock Wave Therapy is not suitable for some people. Please advise your chiropractor if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Heart or circulatory problems
  • Bleeding and blood coagulation disorders and, associated medication consumption
  • Cortisone injections one month prior to starting Shock Wave Therapy treatment
  • Skin wound or acute inflammation in treatment area
  • Tumour in or around the treatment area
  • Nerve or blood supply too close to the site of treatment

Take your next step to be pain free. Contact us now. Active Muscle & Spine is a leading musculoskeletal treatment clinic. We’re located in the Sydney CBD, on George Street opposite Wynyard station.