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Shockwave Therapy

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Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave (Acoustic) Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment option in orthopaedic and rehabilitation medicine and refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body and improves musculoskeletal mobility and provision of drug-free pain relief.

Clinical Application

Plantar Fasciitis
Achilles Tendinopathy (insertional and mid portion)
Heel Spurs
Patellar Tendinopathy
Greater Trochanter Pain Syndrome
Tennis Elbow
Golfers Elbow
Shoulder Tendinopathy (calcific and non-calcific)
Myo-fascial pain in lower back

What happens during Shockwave Therapy treatment

During Shockwave therapy, a high-intensity sound wave interacts with the tissues of the body. This stimulates an inflammatory and tissue repair response and leads to a cascade of beneficial effects such as increased blood flow, reversal of chronic inflammation, analgesic effect, stimulation of collagen, dissolution of calcium build-up.

These effects are especially relevant when dealing with recalcitrant tissues, such as some chronic tendinopathies.

The Physiotherapist will apply the shockwave applicator to the symptomatic area. The shocks last between 3-5 minutes in total. This will be combined with other modalities depending on the condition. You may expect to feel some discomfort but this will resolve within 24 hours.

Your therapist will describe to you what will be happening and what you should feel throughout the treatment.

Benefits of Shockwave Therapy treatment

Clinical studies report a success rate above 75%
Non-invasive solution for chronic pain in your shoulder, back, heel, knee or elbow
No anesthesia required
Minimal to no side effects

Number of treatment sessions

Typically, 3 - 5 sessions appears to be effective for the majority of patients, most commonly delivered at 1 x weekly intervals

When can you not have Shockwave Therapy?

If you are pregnant
If you have a blood clotting disorder (including thrombosis)
If you are taking oral anti-coagulants
If you have received a Steroid injection within 6 weeks
If you have a Pacemaker
If there are tumours at the treatment site
If you have an infection or broken skin at the treatment site
If you are Under 18 (except in the treatment of Osgood-Schlatter disease)
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Dunfermline Physiotherapy

New Park Medical Practice
163 Robertson Road
Dunfermeline KY12 0BL

Duloch Leisure Centre
Nightingale Place
Dunfermline KY11 8LW
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