Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment used to reduce pain and promote healing for tendinopathy and many other sports injuries. During the procedure, a wand-like device is moved around different areas of the body, such as the penis, Achilles tendon, or plantar fascia. Studies have shown that a positive response can last up to two years, and athletes can usually return to activity within 24 hours after treatment. The shock wave device used for this treatment is a portable tool that generates sound wave energy to send it through the body.Virtually no side effects have been reported in patients receiving shock wave therapy, however it is important for a doctor to evaluate the injury and the patient's health before starting treatment.
Shockwave therapy is usually administered by a sports medicine doctor or athletic trainer under the supervision of a doctor, and is often used in combination with other therapies such as physical therapy and platelet-rich plasma injections.It is important for patients to know that the results of shockwave therapy may not be immediately apparent, but they should increase over time as injured tissues heal. It usually takes about 16 weeks after treatment to enjoy the full benefits of shockwave therapy. If a patient has significantly low bone density (osteoporosis), shock wave therapy could cause a stress fracture.At the Sydney Heel Pain Clinic, shockwave therapy is part of an extensive treatment plan that includes measures that support the Achilles tendon or the plantar fascia and also eliminate the causes of pain. Shockwave therapy is not always offered as a standalone treatment, but there are many patients who receive it in addition to other treatments.