Shockwave Therapy – Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shockwave?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive physiotherapy treatment that delivers low-energy sound waves to injured tissue via a gel medium. The acoustic waves are forced into the body through strong pulses that penetrate injured tissue and stimulate the cells in the body that are responsible for connective tissue healing.

How does it work?

Shockwave interacts with the injured tissue causing overall medical effects of accelerated tissue repair and cell growth, pain relief and mobility restoration.

  • New blood vessels are formed through the creation of capillary micro ruptures in the tendon and bone.
  • Chronic inflammation is reduced due to increased mast cell activity and collagen production is stimulated.
  • Calcium build-up in calcific disorders are dispersed.
  • The release of pain reducing chemicals is triggered and chronic trigger points are released.

What conditions can be treated with Shockwave?

Shockwave is most suitable for chronic (i.e. greater than 6 weeks) tendinopathies that haven’t responded to other treatments. These include rotator cuff, tennis elbow, plantar faciitis, jumpers’ knee and calcific shoulder tendonitis. Carpel tunnel and stubborn trigger points in muscles are also effectively treated with Shockwave.

Is Shockwave painful?

During Shockwave treatment, you will feel a repetitive and fast hammering, the hammer action is what creates the actual Shockwave. Most people find the treatment uncomfortable, there severity depends on how painful the injury already is. As the treatment is only 5 minutes, most people are able to tolerate this. The intensity can be adjusted throughout the session and can be stopped at any time.

How much does it cost?

Please refer to our Shockwave Therapy home page.

How many treatments will I need?

Most conditions require 3-5 treatments that are typically 7 days apart.

Will my private health insurance cover the cost of Shockwave?

Absolutely! We direct bill too.

Who cannot receive Shockwave treatments?

People with circulation or nerve disorder, infection, bone tumor or metabolic bone condition.

More Questions? Please speak to your physiotherapist or book an Assessment today! Also check out our video, Catherine introduces and demonstrates the machine.