Shockwave Therapy

Peninsula Osteopaths are the Coromandel’s only Shockwave Therapy Provider

Shockwave therapy is an extensively researched and effective treatment for chronic, fibrotic or scarred soft tissue conditions, such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Tennis Elbow and Frozen Shoulder.

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Benefits of Shockwave Therapy

  • Short Treatment Time (minutes)

  • Alternative to Medication

  • Non-Invasive and no known side effects

  • Treats large areas

  • Results in few treatments (1-5)

  • Muscle Massage with vibrating applicator

Common Conditions we can Help

  • Chronic Tendon Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rotator Cuff Pain

  • Calcifications Within Tendons

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Shin Splints/Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)

  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow

  • Wrist, hand & finger pain

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Hip Pain

  • Bursitis

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How Does it Work

Shockwave Therapy uses a pneumatically powered hand piece that generates low frequency radial pressure waves at the tip of the device. These waves are transmitted to the site of injury. Shockwave therapy promotes tissue regeneration and enhances the healing processes of tendons, soft tissues and bone

Not ALL Shockwave is The Same

Not all shockwave machines are the same. We use world-leading Swiss made Storz Medical Radial Pressure Wave (RPW) machines which have robust clinical data to support their use.  We use this research to ensure your treatment meets international best practice.

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Your Health Outcomes

To optimise the benefits of shockwave therapy we strongly recommend the therapy is undertaken in conjunction with an appropriate rehabilitation and/or graduated loading program. We will advise you on specific protocols and rehabilitation for your injury.

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Reduces Pain and Inflammation

Reduces the presence of the neuropeptide Substance P at the site of injury

Neovascularisation

Promotes the growth of new blood vessels and arterial remodelling.

Accelerates Healing and Tissue Generation

Shockwaves, via the process of mechanotrasduction, stimulate the cellular production of proteins, nitric oxide and specific growth factors.

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Your Questions Answered

What Should I Expect?

  • Your clinician will locate painful areas through palpation. These areas are marked.  Ultrasound gel is applied.

  • The shockwave impulses are delivered using a hand-piece. A treatment will take between 5-10 minutes. Shockwaves are uncomfortable (vs painful) and usually quickly becomes more tolerable after 1-2 minutes. The intensity of the treatment is modified for each patient and condition.

  • The process is repeated once a week, usually for 3-5 treatments. Some conditions may require further treatments. Some people will experience immediate pain relief. However, long term effects and best results occur up to 12 weeks post therapy.

Are There Any Side Effects?

  • Shockwave therapy is well tolerated by most people. However, it can be unpleasant. We will work with you to minimise any pain or discomfort. The most common side effects are local bruising and redness of the skin.

Are there Any Contraindications?

Please call or book in to see us to discuss if shockwave therapy is safe for you. We will always do a risk assessment before treatment. We know from experience that there are certain injuries that will likely respond better or worse to shockwave therapy.

You should avoid shockwave therapy if:

  • You have had a steroid injection in the last 6 weeks.

  • You are pregnant.

  • You have a blood clotting disorder (including thrombosis).

  • You are on Warfarin or any other anticoagulants.

  • You have a pacemaker.

  • You have a tumour present at the treatment site.

  • You have an infection or skin abrasion at the treatment site.