Shockwave therapy works by delivering high-energy acoustic waves to the affected area, stimulating the healing process. This results in reduced pain and inflammation. The therapy has been used to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and achilles tendonitis, among others.
It has also been used to treat certain types of chronic pain and has even proven useful in treating cases of erectile dysfunction. It's typically performed in a series of sessions over several weeks, as the results become noticeable gradually.
How To Prepare
Here are some steps you can take to prepare for your shockwave therapy sessions.
Before beginning shockwave therapy, we will be sure to have a thorough consultation with you to make sure the therapy is appropriate for your condition. Here, you will be informed of any precautions specific to your case.
On the day of your shockwave therapy session, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You may need to remove any tight clothing or jewellery from the area receiving the treatment. To be safe and avoid the hassle, leave your jewellery at home.
Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, for at least 24 hours before your shockwave therapy session. These medications can reduce inflammation, which may interfere with the treatment.
It's a good idea to eat a light meal before your session to ensure you have enough energy to get through the treatment.
It is important to keep us informed of any potential changes to your condition or symptoms since your last session - for better or worse. This will help us adjust the treatment accordingly to get the best results and avoid hurting you.
Lastly, you may want to arrange for someone to drive you home if you feel any discomfort after the treatment.
What Potential Side Effects Can I Expect?
Shockwave therapy is safe when performed by a trained professional in the healthcare industry. It's non-invasive, so the risks are minimal.Please note that, as with any medical treatment, there are some potential side effects that can occur.
The most common side effects are mild pain or discomfort during or immediately after the procedure, as well as skin redness and swelling at the site of treatment. These side effects are usually temporary and can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication or ice.
In extremely rare cases, there is a small risk of injury or bleeding if the therapy is applied to an area with a bone injury or over a blood vessel. However, a competent practitioner will know how to anticipate this and avoid hurting you.
At On Point Physio Ltd., extracorporeal shockwave therapy in Auckland is done by experienced physiotherapists. Contact us today to book a session!