Shockwave therapy is a relatively recent medical technology which can be used to successfully treat many common soft tissue injuries. The technology has its roots in the field of lithotripsy – where large extra coroporeal shockwave therapy units (usually in large hospitals) typically treat conditions such as kidney stones by firing sound waves through the skin and soft tissue to the target site. More recently, more compact radial shockwave therapy machines have become available to private clinics to provide a more affordable community based solution for soft tissue injuries.
The research base behind the use of shockwave therapy for ligament, tendon and fascia problems has grown tremendously over recent years, and our clinic was impressed by what we read and saw in this emerging field. Recently we invested in our European made Gymna ShockMaster 500 radial shockwave therapy unit, and have been extremely pleased with the results in treating conditions such as chronic plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
Generally no. Radial shockwave therapy may produce some slight discomfort during treatment, but each treatment usually last only 2-3 minutes. If you find it too uncomfortable, our podiatrists can reduce the intensity of the treatment to a comfortable level.
Take a look at our Youtube video demonstrating the procedure below:
What is Shockwave Therapy used for?
At The Podiatry Practice, we will typically use shockwave therapy for more chronic conditions that have been present for more than a couple of months.
The common problems we will use shockwave therapy for include;
- Plantar fasciitis / fasciosis (heel spur syndrome)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar plate injuries
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
How much does shockwave therapy cost?
We will usually not charge additional fees beyond our normal consultation rates for shockwave therapy. If you have a GP referral under a GP Management Plan/Enhanced Primary Care Plan, you may be eligible for Medicare rebates for consultations including shockwave therapy.