Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave can be effective to treat some injuries that have failed or have a slow healing response.

What to expect

  • High quality equipment
  • Highly experienced practitioner
  • Evidence based treatment

Our Shockwave expert is one of the first in NZ to use this form of treatment for musculoskeletal conditions.

An acoustic wave is produced by the machine and is passed through a probe directly onto the treated area. Shockwave is used to stimulate the healing process to bones/tendons and muscle tissue.

Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment used to treat chronic soft tissue structures that have failed or slowed healing response.

An acoustic wave is produced by the machine and is passed through a probe directly onto the treated area. Shockwave is used to stimulate the healing process to bones/tendons and muscle tissue. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment used to treat chronic soft tissue structures that have failed or slowed healing response.

Conditions managed through shockwave therapy

  • Chronic plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic achilles tendons
  • Calcified rotator cuff tendinopathies
  • Tennis elbow
  • Jumpers knee/ Patella tendinitis
  • Tibial stress fractures/non-healing fractures
  • Heel spurs

There is small but growing research showing the benefits of Shockwave Therapy. Shockwave Therapy is complementary to physiotherapy treatments and is part of your overall management program to help optimise your recovery. Shockwave success can vary depending on the condition and location.

Our experienced practitioner can discuss the latest scientific evidence for shockwave specific to your condition. Shockwave is more successful when performed by a knowledgeable practitioner who understands the pathology and the required treatment settings. Using high quality equipment which can generate the required dose is crucial to the treatment success.

During Treatment

  • The patient is positioned in a comfortable position allowing for the affected area to be treated
  • The handheld probe is placed on the affected area
  • The machine delivers the soundwaves via the probe into the affected area
  • The machine produces an audible pulsing of sound waves during the delivery
  • A single treatment generally takes around five minutes
  • The sensation is often described as a flicking or tapping where the waves are directed
  • It is generally reported as mildly uncomfortable but tolerable.

After Treatment

  • There may be no immediate pain however some discomfort may be experienced 2-4 hours after the session, and in some rare cases last up to 48 hours
  • The discomfort felt is the result of the inflammation and healing process in the affected area.
  • It is recommended that you don’t use ice or anti-inflammatory medication after treatment which may impair the intended inflammatory response
  • Typically 3 treatment sessions are required at 7 – 10 day intervals
  • In some cases, more sessions may be required with a fortnightly or monthly follow up
  • Some patients may report immediate improvements in their pain however best results occur at 12 weeks
  • For optimal outcomes, it is recommended that a minimum of 3 sessions are completed

Shockwave Therapy has been demonstrated to be a safe, non-invasive treatment option with low risks and some minor post-treatment soreness.

In rare instances some reported side effects include:

  • Local swelling
  • Strong pain
  • Haematoma (bruising)

Shockwave therapy is not suitable for patients with any of the following:

  • Coagulation disorders
  • Tumour disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Are on anticoagulation medication such as Heparin, warfarin etc