Shockwave therapy in it's original form has been used in a healthcare setting since the 1980's. Since this period it has gone forward in leaps and bounds in the modern medical scene. Many Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Sports Medicine Doctors have found numerous therapeutic uses.
Generally speaking Shockwave Therapy has been found to be an effective intervention for tendon injuries. Initially patients tend to notice pain relief, however it has been noted that it can be successful and effective for promoting tendon repair.
In a therapeutic setting there are two types of Shockwave used. These are Focussed Shockwave Therapy, and Radial Pressure Wave Shockwave Therapy. At Harrisdale Chiropractic our Perth Chiropractors utilise Radial Pressure Wave Shockwave Therapy to treat your diagnosed condition. Patients do not require a referral to receive Shockwave, you can simply make an appointment with our experienced Perth Chiropractors.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
A shockwave is an acoustic wave that carries high energy. The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of applicator, and further in to the target tissue. This mechanism aims to stimulate metabolic activity, and 'kickstart' the bodies natural healing response. Areas that are not well vascularised (have decreased blood flow) generally will respond well to this kind of treatment.
What Conditions Does Shockwave Treat?
The research for the utilisation of Shockwave Therapy for multiple Musculoskeletal conditions is ever growing. However some of the well established conditions that Shockwave Therapy can assist in treating include:
Jumpers Knee / Patella Tendonitis
Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
It also important to note there is a constant stream of experimental research being released in regards to Shockwave Therapy. Some conditions that appear to be having potentially favourable outcomes from Shockwave Therapy include Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) and Arthritis of the Knee.