When to Refer Your Patients for Shockwave Therapy

November 08, 2018

When to Refer Your Patients for Shockwave Therapy

When should patients be referred for shockwave treatment

Shockwave is an innovative, well studied tool used for the treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Through creating micro-injuries, the body is able to restart its natural healing process.

Shockwave treatments are particularly effective on injuries that occur between 1-6 cm deep. Chronic conditions such as tendinopathies where traditional treatments no longer work show incredible improvements through the use of shockwave, available at many physiotherapy clinics.

New research shows that shockwave can benefit acute conditions as well.

 

What conditions do shockwave therapy address

Connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Insertion tendinopathy
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendon problems
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Hypertonic muscle systems
  • Myofascial syndromes
  • Calcifications in the muscles

 

Benefits of Shockwave therapy

Non invasive

Limited to no down time after treatment

Provides an additional treatment option

No drugs or anesthetics required

 

What will my patients experience during a shockwave treatment

The physio will assess the patient to ensure they are a good candidate for shockwave therapy and may recommend additional activities to help with their condition. Shockwave therapy can be uncomfortable during the treatment. The therapist can adjust the treatment so that is it more comfortable depending on the patient’s tolerance. Treatments generally last between 3-5 minutes.

Shockwave treatments occur 1-2 times per week for 3-6 weeks depending on the condition.

 

Are there any side effects?

Immediately after the treatment and for a few days after patients may experience some soreness and inflammation in the treatment area. This is part of the process of restarting the healing process.

Shockwave therapy is not recommended for patients with tumors, metabolic bone conditions, circulation or nerve disorders, on open wounds, patients on blood thinners, or during pregnancy.


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