Shockwave Therapy Thornbury
Your Local Clinic for Shockwave Therapy Treatment
If you suffer from pain in the feet, legs, and back, shockwave therapy could be the solution you have been looking for. It’s non-invasive, simple, and effective in helping to relieve pain and repair injury – even if the problem has been persisting for years.
Many patients turn to shockwave as a non-surgical option for treating persistent pain that is not responding to more conservative treatments. It is often combined with other treatments (such as offloading and progressive strengthening) as part of a well-rounded treatment plan.
What Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?
Shockwave therapy is best suited for chronic pain (pain that has been present for 6 weeks or longer). It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Patella tendinopathy
- Hamstring tendinopathy
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Painful trigger points around the feet and ankles
- Musculoskeletal disorders of the feet and ankles
Once your podiatrist has an understanding of the extent of your pain or problem, they will be able to advise whether shockwave therapy is the best course of treatment or not.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
It was first used to treat kidney stones but soon began to be used in treating other conditions when positive changes were noticed in the soft tissue of the skin, tendons, and muscles. It has been used in podiatry and sports medicine for more than ten years now.
During a session, your podiatrist will apply some gel around the area of the injury and then place the shockwave probe on the surface of your skin. It emits high-energy acoustic wave pulses that penetrate to the injured area beneath, interrupting its pain cycle.
The therapy is generally painless, but some discomfort can be felt when applied over a painful area.
While the therapy itself only takes a few minutes, expect your appointment to last 20 to 30 minutes.
How Shockwave Therapy Could Help You
Generally speaking, shockwave therapy may help to facilitate the body’s natural healing and tissue repair process. It does this by creating an optimal biological healing environment and has been known to ‘reboot’ the reparative process for people who have been dealing with pain for years.
Some of the beneficial effects include:
- Reducing pain
- Reducing and reversing inflammation
- Stimulating blood flow and new vessel formation
- Stimulating collagen production
- Dissolving calcium build-ups
- Releasing trigger points
For peace of mind, it should be noted that shockwave is both FDA and TGA-approved (therefore, it is considered safe).
Your Shockwave Therapy Questions Answered
You may experience mild tenderness in the treated area during treatment, which has been compared to someone pressing against a bruise or sore spot. After the first treatment is complete, most people notice that their pain and symptoms decrease week by week.
If you experience discomfort, please do not hesitate to let us know – we can pause treatment at any time.
Depending on the condition being treated, you can return to work after a shockwave therapy session without any issues. It is, however, recommended that you decrease activity as much as possible for around 48 hours after treatment.
There are some cases where, out of an abundance of caution, we will not use shockwave therapy. This includes patients who are under 18 years of age, pregnant, taking anticoagulants, have a pacemaker, have nerve or circulation disorders, and/or have a malignant tumour.
We will reschedule your treatment if you have a current infection or have had a cortisone injection in the affected area in the previous six weeks.
Yes. In fact, it’s recommended for chronic soft tissue injuries (that is, injuries that have persisted for longer than six weeks). When a soft tissue injury becomes chronic, the body often no longer knows how to fix it. The use of shockwave therapy helps to irritate the injury, turning it from chronic to acute so that the body can work on repairing it.
The number of treatments you require ultimately depends on the severity of your injury and the area that has been affected. Generally, three to six sessions spaced approximately one week apart are recommended, but your podiatrist will be able to give you a better estimate.
Keep in mind that the healing process can continue for up to three months after the final treatment.
Why Choose Talaria Podiatrist?
We don’t do sterile and clinical here. We have created a warm and welcoming space for our patients – think lots of plants and warm colours!
We love being part of the local Thornbury community – many of our staff live here as well as work here.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to podiatry. We take the time to understand the needs of every patient.
Visit a Podiatrist Today to Discuss Shockwave Therapy
No one should have to live with chronic pain, so why are you ignoring yours? If you’ve been experiencing persistent pain in your feet, ankles, legs, or knees, it’s time to make an appointment with the team at Talaria Podiatrist and discuss whether shockwave therapy is a possible treatment solution. We are proud to offer our patients affordable, non-surgical options that may see them walking pain-free in only a few sessions.