The current recommendation is that shock wave therapy should not be used unless the underlying health condition has been present for six months or more. However, there is increasing evidence from professional sports teams and practitioners across Europe that the risks of using shockwave therapy before this period are minimal. Despite this, disregarding the most conservative guidelines and using shockwave in situations where there are contraindications can have serious consequences. When used with appropriate precautions, shockwave therapy can be used in patients with bleeding disorders or those taking blood thinners.
The promising results of this non-invasive treatment option for tendonitis justify its indication. Patients with chronic pain often request shockwave therapy, despite its numerous and serious contraindications, as it has the potential to provide fast and lasting pain relief without the need for injections or surgery. However, the presence of shockwaves in or around sensitive areas can damage major blood vessels and put patients at risk of catastrophic bleeding. Using shockwave therapy too close to open or post-surgical wounds could result in wound degradation, increased bleeding, and delayed healing.
Shockwave should not be used in pregnant women's ankles, but it poses minimal risk to the fetus. Shockwave has a secure track record because professionals adhere to restrictions and guidelines. It is also contraindicated for people who have had implanted devices or hormones. Used in cardiology, urology, orthopedics and physical therapy, shockwave therapy uses sudden, high-amplitude pulses of mechanical energy produced by an electromagnetic coil that generates shockwaves similar to those used in lithotripsy to break up gallstones and kidney stones.
Before undergoing treatment, it is essential that a patient undergoes an appropriate evaluation so that the Shockwave professional has the precise information necessary to decide if they are a good and safe candidate for shockwave therapy. Conditions that have absolute contraindications for the use of shock wave therapy mean that it should not be used at all. In cases where there are relative contraindications, shock wave therapy should be used with extreme caution.Experience has shown that people with certain health backgrounds and conditions tend to have an adverse reaction to Shockwave. There are absolute contraindications designed to warn Shockwave professionals not to use the therapy in any area near or around the brain.