Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy (ESWT) is an emerging treatment increasingly used in sports and musculoskeletal medicine for soft-tissue injuries (eg. Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis). It is a non-invasive procedure in which high frequency shockwaves are delivered to the affected tendon or ligament to stimulate healing.
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
Shockwave therapy is a safe and non-invasive procedure in which acoustic energy (shockwaves) are delivered through the skin and into the affected tissue. In tendons and ligaments, healing can be slow and injuries can become chronic. This is because they do not have blood vessels running through them which helps with maintaining good strength and mechanical properties (very important for a tendon!) but is unhelpful for healing. The shockwaves stimulate healing in the injured tissue by promoting blood flow and decreasing inflammation.
How many treatments are required and what can I expect?
This varies from person to person but typically between 3 and 6 treatments are required at weekly intervals.
Patients usually report very mild discomfort during the procedure, primarily during the first 1-2 minutes. We recommend patients avoid strenuous activity for the 24 hours following treatment.
Conditions that shockwave therapy can be used to treat:
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
- Achilles tendinopathy/ tendonitis
- Tibialis posterior tendinopathy
- Patella tendinopathy and knee pain
- Hamstring tendinopathy
- Shin splints
Shockwave therapy is now available at Shellharbour Podiatry, treating patients in and around Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Dapto and Albion Park. If you would like more information or have any questions please give us a call at the clinic!
Bill is our resident Shockwave Therapy expert so if you’re interested in having an appointment please call and book with him!