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What is Shockwave Therapy?

At Symmetree Osteopathy we combine the use of Shockwave Therapy in conjunction with Osteopathic treatment to achieve clinically proven relief from persistent pain. It is an effective form of treatment used to stimulate collagen and tissue repair, reduce chronic tendon pain and inflammation, improve blood flow and healing to arthritic joints and ultimately improve mobility for our patients.  


Shockwave therapy is the non-invasive therapeutic use of high intensity sound waves used to accelerate the healing process of chronic injuries and dramatically reduce pain. It provides a treatment option to patients that is proven to be more effective than conservative methods with resolving stubborn orthopedic injuries such as; plantarfascitis, rotator cuff tears, achilles tendonitis, tennis and golfers elbow, patella pain and heel spurs.

 

Shockwave therapy can be used to help treat:

1. Plantarfasciitis
2. Achilles Tendinopathy
3. Tennis / Golfers elbow (Lateral/ Medial Epicondylitis)

4. Patella Tendinopathy/ Osgood Schlatter Disease
5. Calcification of the shoulder (rotator cuff) and tears

6. Hamstring Tendinopathy and tears
7. Osteoitis Pubis
8. Trochanteric Bursitis and Gluteal Tendinopathy
9. Shin splints

 

How many treatments will I need?

Patients usually require 3-5 treatments per treated area and show immediate results in pain reduction from their first shockwave therapy session. With each consecutive treatment pain significantly decreases to provide a long lasting result.

 

Are there any published articles for scientifically proven use of shockwave therapy?

Ibrahim et al 2010. Successful treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis with two sessions of ESWT, Foot Ankle Int 2010;31:391-397

 

Rompe et al 2013. Application of low-energy ESWT is effective for the management of chronic patellar tendinopathy, Knee Surg Sports Traumatology 2013;21:346-350

 

Furia et al 2007. Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy in the treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy, Current Opinion in Orthopaedics 2007; 18: 101- 111