What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a high-velocity pressure disturbance that moves through the tissue and is reflected and refracted around the area. Our patients often refer to it as a “kango hammer”! There is clear evidence of an increase in blood flow with shockwave therapy, even in tissues with little blood which occurs in chronic tendon injuries. The shockwaves also create an inflammatory response. When a tissue is in a chronic stage of injury the shockwave will create an environment resembling an acute stage. This acute stage will then “reboot” the metabolism and healing process for self-repair, leading to decreases in pain and increases in function.
Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?
In short, no. Your Chartered Physiotherapist will ask you throughout the treatment how it feels, if it becomes uncomfortable then the intensity of the shockwave can be decreased. There can be residual low-level discomfort for the following 24hrs. You will be able to drive or go back to work after treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
Like all injuries, every case is different. However, scientific research suggests 3 to 5 treatments are required. Prognosis of your injury will be discussed at each session to clarify time frames. You will not receive any treatment from your Chartered Physiotherapist if it is not required. There is clear evidence in the scientific literature on the benefits of Shockwave Therapy for Tendinopathy.
For further information on Shockwave Therapy and the services available, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Imokilly Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic at (021) 4636642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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