Shockwave Therapy Perth
**Please note that My Physio Perth does not currently have a shockwave machine. We are looking into purchasing one soon!**
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Looking for shockwave therapy Perth? Have you heard your friends mention shockwave therapy and wondered what it is and whether it works? Let the experienced shockwave physios at My Physio Perth answer some questions for you.
What is shockwave therapy Perth?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy Perth involves the delivery of high-pressure sound waves or shockwaves through the skin and into the targeted tissue. It has been used for many years in the treatment of kidney stones and is becoming more popular among physiotherapists in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
What is the evidence for shockwave therapy?
The scientific evidence for the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in selected musculoskeletal conditions has been increasing over the past twenty years. There is some evidence for the reduction of pain following a course of focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy for the conditions below.
What conditions does shockwave therapy help with?
- Chronic Plantar Fasciitis / Fasciopathy
- Chronic Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinopathy
- Chronic Patella Tendonitis / Tendinopathy
- Chronic Rotator Cuff Tendonitis / Tendinopathy
There is less evidence that shockwave therapy can be effective in treating the following conditions.
- Chronic ITB Friction syndrome
- Chronic Lateral Epicondylalgia / Tennis Elbow
- Chronic Medial Epicondylalgia / Golfer’s Elbow
- Chronic Gluteal Tendonitis / Tendinopathy
- Chronic Hamstring Tendonitis / Tendinopathy
- Other Chronic Tendonitis / Tendinopathy conditions
How does shockwave therapy work?
If a condition becomes chronic, the body’s natural healing process has failed and further intervention is often required. Shockwave therapy is thought to cause micro damage to the affected tissue via the delivery of high-energy pulses. This is thought to release growth factors, which lead to the formation of new blood vessels and other cells required for healing. Shockwave therapy is a conservative, non-invasive form of treatment, used to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. It is also thought to affect the nerves that carry pain signals, potentially reducing pain levels.
Does shockwave therapy work for acute conditions?
You will note the word chronic precedes the conditions listed above. It’s important to note the distinction between these chronic conditions and their more acute, irritable versions. My Physio Perth are experts in the diagnosis of tendon injuries.
An irritable condition is likely to have an abundance of inflammatory markers and growth factors present and will therefore be further aggravated by shockwave therapy.
There is excellent evidence for physiotherapy treatment for those with acute tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and other acute versions of the conditions listed above.
Contact My Physio Perth if you are interested in more information about shockwave therapy Perth.