Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure in which a device is used to deliver acoustic energy, or ‘shockwaves’, to an injury region through the skin.
Research suggests shockwave therapy helps when used in rehabilitation for most persistent painful tendon conditions (think Achilles tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy, gluteal tendinopathy, rotator cuff tendinopathy or tennis elbow). It’s particularly beneficial when it’s combined with specific resistance exercises. Shockwave therapy is hypothesised to work by reducing painful chemicals the body produces at the tendon, and by triggering a healing response. Here at Physio and Fitness Clinic we have a shockwave device, and are experts in its application as well as prescription of exercise to treat tendon related pain. Have a chat to us about whether you might benefit from shockwave therapy.
In 2019 our physiotherapist Patrick published a research paper on shockwave therapy. People often experience an immediate and short-lasting reduction to pain straight after shockwave therapy has been applied to their tendon. Patrick chatted about his study which investigated this short-term pain reduction with leading tendinopathy expert Associate Professor Peter Malliaras.