Shockwave Therapy in Dublin
What is Shockwave Therapy and how can it help me?
Shockwave Therapy is particularly useful for stubborn tendon and pain injury sites. There have great results with Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis which can be very troublesome for people. It is also very useful for runners with a very high training volume who pick up tendon issues. The addition of Shockwave Therapy to your treatment can mean reduction in pain and can you back to doing the things that you enjoy doing quicker.
Shockwave therapy is an evidence-based non-invasive treatment that involves passing low energy pressure waves into the tissue to treat the affected area. It increases blood flow, promotes healing and reduces pain of the injured area.
What conditions is Shockwave Therapy used for?
Can help to treat plantar fasciitis, chronic tendinopathies including Achilles tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy and tennis elbow. Shockwave can reduce chronic myofascial and joint pain.
How many sessions will I need?
A normal course of treatment will consist of 4-6 sessions with no more than two weeks between sessions.
How long does each Shockwave treatment last?
A shockwave therapy session takes 15-20 minutes which includes assessment, shockwave treatment and aftercare advice along with exercise prescription.
Is it safe to exercise after Shockwave Therapy?
High impact exercise including running and jumping should be avoided for 48 hours following Shockwave Therapy. Evidence recommends that you complete 2-3 low level strengthening exercises in conjunction with the Shockwave Therapy. You will be prescribed these exercises following your Shockwave treatment session at the clinic.
Are there any side effects to Shockwave Therapy?
Common side effects that may occur after a shockwave session include a temporary increase in pain, redness and bruising in the area. There is also a potential risk for minor skin damage.
In rare cases, the following may occur: tendon rupture or tear, migraine.
Are there any recommendations for aftercare following Shockwave Therapy?
- If you experience pain following your Shockwave Therapy treatment session, you can take paracetamol to control the pain. Please do not take anti-inflammatories e.g., Nurofen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen.
Is Shockwave suitable for everyone?
Shockwave is not advised for the following cases:
- Malignant disease/cancer
- Metabolic bone conditions
- Acute injuries
- Joint flare up
- Open wounds
- Over/near metal implants or inserted electrical devices
- Systemic infection
- Septic infection of joints
- Recent steroid injection (in the previous 12 weeks)
- Tendon rupture
- Bleeding disorders
- Anticoagulant use (Heparin, Warfarin)
If you have tried exercise, manual therapy or resting and none of these treatment options have worked, then Shockwave Therapy may be particularly useful and helpful for you.