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Shockwave Therapy

What is shockwave therapy?

Radial shockwave therapy is a safe and noninvasive method that uses pressure wave to treat various muscles, tendons and other soft tissues conditions. Shockwaves are pulses generated by compressed air. Shockwave therapy involves the application of high energy pressure wave through the surface of the skin to accelerate the healing process and reduce pain. Repeated shockwaves to the affected area create a revascularisation effect, with new blood flow to the area promoting tissue healing and regeneration.

Shockwave at Peel Podiatry

After a thorough examination of the affected area to accurately diagnose the injury, our podiatrist will mark the affected areas and trigger points. Shockwave is applied via a handheld probe after gel is applied to help conduct the waves. The shockwave sessions takes about 20-30 minutes depending on the number of locations and injuries. It is mildly uncomfortable but not painful at all. The best way to describe it is, like being gently flicked with a small rubber band. During the procedure, if our patients experience pain, we lower the intensity of the wave and that usually addresses the issue. As the condition improves, the areas will become less painful. We recommend 3-8 sessions, spaced 5-7 days apart.  Therapy is more successful with active patient participation, where the patient tells the therapist whether or not the probe is at the area of pain.

Shockwave Therapy may give good outcomes for the following conditions:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis or heel spur
  • Peroneal tendonitis
  • Shin splints

Contraindications to Shockwave Therapy:

If any of the following applies to you please let us know when making your appointment:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Tendon rupture
  • Local infections or malignancies
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Prostheses and implants

What Are The Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy:

Side effects could occur after a treatment with Radial Shockwave Therapy. The majority will appear after 1-2 days and usual abate after 3-5 days.

  • Reddening
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Petechia (red spots)
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