Arana Hills Physiotherapy is now the home of Shockwave Therapy in North Brisbane!
Our philosophy of treatment has always been based around exercise, manual therapy and education. Shockwave Therapy is an adjunct to our core physiotherapy service. After many months of trialling and research we see a valid need for this therapy and wanted to bring it to our patients and those people in the greater Brisbane north area.
Shockwave therapy or ESWT as it is often referred to, has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of soft tissue disorders (of greater than 6 weeks duration) as well as some osteoarthritic conditions.
It is a non-invasive treatment that can provide effective pain relief and unlike injection therapy positively promotes the healing response in the affected area. It can prove to be an effective alternative to injection therapy and in some cases surgery in helping with pain relief and return to normal function.
Some researchers have described its properties as mechanisms of action 'as kick starting a stalled healing process'.
Our treatment path:
At Arana Hills Physiotherapy we will only administer Shockwave Therapy after our Physios have assessed your condition and derived that this is a suitable treatment path given your specific circumstances. Shockwave sessions must be at least one week apart and usually noticeable improvements can be seen in 1-3 sessions.
Who is Shockwave for?
It is suitable for those not responding as well or as quickly to more traditional interventions such as exercise, manual therapy, etc.
How it Works:
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and musculoskeletal tissues with subacute, sub-chronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes the reparative processes of the tendons, soft tissue and in some cases bone.
Shockwaves are produced by firing a projectile at high speed against a metal transducer.
The energy created by this is transmitted to the tissue in the form of a shockwave.
The following conditions would be considered for Shockwave Therapy:
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder
Tennis and Golfers Elbow (Lateral and medical Epicondylitis)
Knee and Lower Leg
Jumpers Knee (Patellar Tendinopathy)
Hip and Upper Leg
Lateral Hip Pain (including tendinopathy, tendon tears and calcific tendon)
Acoustic waves with high energy peak used in Shockwave therapy interact with tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, analgesia and mobility restoration. All the processes mentioned in this section are typically employed simultaneously and are used to treat chronic, sub-acute and acute conditions.
• New Blood Vessel Formation
Nutrient blood flow is necessary to start and maintain the repair processes of damaged tissue. The application of acoustic waves creates capillary micro-ruptures in tendon and bone.