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SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

What is Shockwave Therapy

Our practice now offers Shockwave Therapy as a treatment modality. We have one of the top branded international machines the Storz Masterpuls MP50. This is the latest innovative treatment technique in the management of soft tissue injuries. Shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a high energy soundwave and is a new non-invasive solution for musculoskeletal pain.

 

Shockwave is especially effective when treating chronic tendon injuries as healing has stopped due to poor circulation and the tendon shows degeneration as opposed to inflammation (as in acute injuries). The treatment technique causes micro trauma at the injury site, the effect being to stimulate the blood supply to the affected area, stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms of cell regeneration and repair of damaged tissues. There is a subsequent increase in collagen production necessary for tissue repair. The damaged tissue then regenerates resulting in healing of the injured tissues.

Radial Shockwave Therapy has been well researched over the last 5 years, and although it is a relatively new treatment it has shown exceptional results in a variety of conditions.

 

CONDITIONS TREATED:

  • Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder.
  • Rotator cuff syndrome.
  • Tennis elbow /golfers elbow.
  • Achilles tendinopathy (chronic).
  • Patellar tendinopathy.
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Pain free employees.
  • Hip pain.
  • Chronic tendinopathy.
  • Myofascial trigger points.
  • Chronic hamstring tendinosis.
  • Chronic hip trochanteric bursitis.
  • Iliotibial band syndrome.

 

This treatment can be used in conjunction with your Physiotherapy treatment or as a standalone treatment for those of you that are living with chronic pain that has not responded to other therapy techniques.

 

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED:

 

The number of treatments depends on the patients response to treatment and the condition being treated. You will need between 3 and 6 treatments with Shockwave every 5-7 days. You may start to feel the results as soon as the second treatment. The healing and regeneration will continue even after the final session and improvements can still be noted months after the last treatment.

 

WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS:

 

You may NOT receive Radial Shockwave if you have any of the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Haemophilia or other coagulation disorders
  • Polyneuropathy (in the treatment area)
  • Cortisone treatment (must wait 6 weeks after injection)
  • Risk of Haemorrhage
  • Malignant or undiagnosed tumours
  • Implants and area where implants have been removed
  • Severe arterial obstructions
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis, Phlebitis or varices
  • Systemic or local infection

 

TIME FOR PROCEDURE:

 

The entire procedure will be explained to the patient before proceeding and a document of understanding and consent signed. The procedure will take 10-15 minutes.

 

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE TREATMENT?

 

During the treatment, you should experience some pain or discomfort. (The purpose of the treatment is to cause inflammation and promote healing in the tissue).

You may experience pain, swelling, bruising or redness for 1-3 days after treatment. If necessary oral analgesics will be prescribed.

There are no known long term side effects of Radial Shockwave.

 

AFTER THE PROCEDURE:

 

Patients are advised NOT to participate in anything more than mild activity for the remainder of the day. Avoidance of any aggravating activities is encouraged until the following treatment session.

For more information call the practice on 021 4396051 and speak to one of our experienced Physiotherapists.

 

COST:

 

R500 per session