Shockwave Therapy

SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

Carbery Chartered Physiotherapy are delighted to announce the availability of Shockwave Therapy in our clinic. All of our Chartered Physiotherapists have undergone additional training and are experts in pain management and mobility restoration with the use of Shockwave Therapy.

What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a pressure disturbance that moves through a medium. The medium in this case being the tendon. When the wave enters the tissue it will be reflected and refracted around that area. There is clear evidence of an increase in blood flow with Shockwave Therapy, even in tissues with little blood which occurs in chronic tendon injuries. The shockwaves also create an inflammatory response. When a tendon is in a chronic stage of injury the shockwave will create an environment where the tendon can be at an acute stage. This acute stage will then set the tendon up for self repair, leading to decreases in pain and increases in function.

Is Shockwave Therapy Painful?
In short, no. Your Chartered Physiotherapist will ask you throughout the treatment how it feels, if it becomes uncomfortable then the intensity of the shockwave can be decreased. There can be residual low level discomfort for the following 24hrs. You will be able to drive or go back to work after treatment.

How many sessions will I need?
Like all injuries, every case is different. However, scientific research suggests 3 to 5 treatments are required. Prognosis of your injury will be discussed at each session to clarify time frames. You will not receive any treatment from you Chartered Physiotherapist if it is not required.

WHAT CAN SHOCKWAVE TREAT?

  • Plantar fasciitis with/without heel spur
  • Calcific rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Myofascial trigger points

WHAT ARE THE BENEFTITS OF SHOCKWAVE THERAPY.

  • No anaesthesia
  • Non invasive
  • No medication
  • No surgery
  • Fast treatment – 20 minutes per session, 3-5 sessions required
  • Fewer complications
  • Virtually painless after treatment
  • Significant clinical benefit often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment

For Further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 086 8049526