Is chronic tendonitis plaguing you? Pain stopping you from exercising or playing sport?
Have you tried EVERYTHING possible?
What about Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy?
EastSports Physiotherapy are now using Shock Wave Therapy to treat a range of chronic tendinopathies such as Achillies tendonitis, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis and patella tendonitis.
Tendonitis is a notoriously difficult problem to treat, with some cases taking 6-9 months or longer to resolve. This is because in such cases we are not dealing with pure inflammation but rather the tendon has undergone degenerative changes resulting in cell damage and small microtears within the tendon.
We understand this can be a hugely frustrating process for our patients who just want to be pain free and able to get back to their exercise routine. Shock Wave Therapy is a treatment method that is growing in popularity and research is showing it can assist with speeding up the recovery process from these ever stubborn conditions!
What is Shock Wave Therapy?
It is a non-invasive treatment method (meaning its outside the body, there are no needles involved). The machine uses a probe which delivers acoustic waves providing deep pressure and tension to damaged cells within the tendon. This process stimulates blood flow, breaks down calcified tissue and assists with promoting tissue regeneration.
It also acts on your nervous system providing immediate pain relief.
Who will it benefit?
Shock Wave Therapy is recommended for patients who have ‘chronic’ tendonitis (at least a 4-6 week history). This does not work in acute tendon inflammation.
Shock Wave Therapy can also be used for chronically tight muscles as a form of deep trigger point release.
What does the procedure involve?
Treatment takes approximately 4-5 minutes on the injured area. For best results patients will recieve one treatment weekly for a period of three weeks. This can and should be coupled with other physiotherapy treatment techniques to target tight surrounding muscles and also appropriate exercise rehabilitation.
Are there any risks?
No serious risks have been reported from Shock Wave Therapy. Patients may experience some redness of the skin immediately post treatment.
There are certain clients who can not recieve this treatment. Your practitioner will do a thorough screening prior to treatment to ensure you are eligible to recieve this treatment.
What if it doesnt help?
Unfortunately there is no guarantee this will fix every patient suffering from chronic tendonitis. If conservative management fails there are more invasive treatment methods that can be discussed.
If you suffer from chronic tendonitis and you have tried everything… why not give Shock Wave Therapy a try.
If you are interested at learning more or would like to make an appointment please contact the practise on (02) 9328 3822