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Shockwave Treatment

Shockwave can help you recover from injury and reduce your pain without needles, medications or surgery. Whether you’ve sustained an injury from sports, or you’ve been putting up with an ongoing muscle or tendon pain for years, shockwave may be able to help.

Shockwave therapy is backed by a large and growing body of clinical evidence, that has shown that it is effective in helping to:

  • Decrease muscle pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support the body’s healing and repair process in new injuries
  • Reboot the healing process in longstanding conditions or injuries
  • Encourage the formation of new blood vessels
  • Stimulate the regeneration of tendons
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Reduce muscle spasticity
  • Disintegrate tendon calcifications

Shockwave uses a handpiece that is placed against the skin to generate acoustic energy waves into the damaged tissue below. It is these waves that generate these beneficial and reparative effects.

Which conditions can shockwave help with?

Shockwave is used to help with:

leg chart of the podiatrist
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendon
  • Other tendinopathies
  • Shin splints
  • Bursitis
  • Calf injuries
  • Hamstrings
  • Trigger points
  • Hip pain
  • Bone repairs
  • Calcifications

Shockwave is used worldwide to treat a variety of painful conditions within the entire body. It is due to our scope of practice as Podiatrists that we only use shockwave on the feet and legs.

If you're wanting to use shockwave to help with pain in your upper body like your shoulder, book in with our sister clinic, The Physio, by clicking here.

legs having a shockwave treatment

Shockwave is a superior treatment

We see shockwave as a superior treatment option for musculoskeletal problems because it:

  • Does not require needles or injections
  • Does not require medications
  • Is non-invasive
  • Does not require surgery
  • Is proven to reduce pain and improve healing
  • Has a relatively short treatment time per session, with no downtime afterwards
  • Stimulates the body’s own processes to improve healing and repair

Is shockwave painful?

Some patients experience mild tenderness with the shockwave, while others experience no pain at all. When discomfort or tenderness is felt, it is usually associated with the level of damage or injury already present. Don’t worry – as we are able to control the settings and intensity of the pulses, we can adjust it to match your tolerance and preference.

Is shockwave suitable for everyone?

While the majority of patients that come in and see us can have shockwave treatment without any issues, we cannot administer it if you are pregnant or have:

  • Haemophilia or other blood clotting disorders
  • Acute inflammation
  • Disturbed sensory and nervous function, eg. Diabetes
  • Had a corticosteroid injection in the target site in the last six weeks
  • Any malignancies
  • Prostheses or implants

If you have one of these problems or are concerned about your eligibility, don’t worry. We’ll discuss your options to come up with the best method during your consultation.

How do I know if shockwave is right for me?

We will always let you know at your first appointment with us. The first step is to get assessed by one of our experienced Podiatrists. Based on your history and symptoms, we’ll be able to determine whether shockwave is likely to help your injury and if so, we’ll get you started.

It is important to note that shockwave isn’t a standalone treatment, meaning that in most cases, it is not the only component of your treatment plan. It’s part of a comprehensive treatment plan to resolve your problem and reduce the likelihood of the problem returning. The plan may also include supporting your feet with the right footwear, strapping the foot and more.

I go there and they have pretty much excelled in the way they deal with me either looking after my feet or going to Lyle for a massage. When I walk through the door I feel welcomed and the staff there are excellent. Troy should be proud of the wonderful staff he has.
- Christopher Curran