Shockwave Therapy


North Waikato Physio are proud to be one of the very few physiotherapy clinics in NZ to be able to offer this exciting new treatment modality. Physiotherapist Vib Singh brings this technology with him from South Africa exclusively for your benefit.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical treatment developed for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders/injuries. The treatment utilizes set pressure waves from a handheld machine that are focused on the site of pain or injury. It stimulates the body’s natural metabolism, enhances circulation and accelerates the healing process. As a result, damaged tissues are allowed to regenerate and recover.

What conditions can Shockwave help with?

Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat many painful soft tissue injuries but is most commonly used to treat tendon injuries especially longstanding or chronic ones. Common tendon problems include:

  • Achilles tendinopathy (tendinitis)
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel spurs)
  • Patella tendinopathy (jumpers knee)
  • Hamstring tendinopathy
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow)
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Other chronic tendon/soft tissue injuries

How long does treatment take?

A typical Shockwave treatment is approximately 5 – 10 minutes and can be performed in conjunction with physiotherapy treatment. Generally, 3-5 treatment sessions are necessary and are performed on a weekly interval. After Shockwave Therapy treatment some patients may experience immediate pain relief while for others it may take up to four weeks before significant relief is felt. Over 80 percent of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.

Find out more

For more information or to learn how Shockwave Therapy may help for you please contact North Waikato Physiotherapy on 07 828 9854 or email Vib at vib@northwaikatophysio.co.nz

 

Shockwave Therapy Links:

https://josr-online.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1749-799X-7-11