Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive therapy using high-energy shockwaves to relieve pain and increase the body’s healing rate. The process activates the body’s self- healing mechanisms by increasing blood flow to the painful area. For shockwave to be beneficial four treatments are recommended, at a treatment interval of one session per week.
A reduction in symptoms is often experienced after just one visit, however, it is important to understand that the healing process continues ≥6 weeks following the final treatment. Pain reduction is noted over the 24 hours post treatment; with a further reduction noted 48-72 hours post treatment.
Often, pain can increase slightly prior to the next shockwave session. This is a normal progression in the healing process, and is expected in many patients. However, most patients note a long-term pain reduction and an overall full resolution of pain with time.
This graph below is a visual representation of the pain relief shockwave can provide. Whilst there will be an overall decrease in pain as the weeks of treatment progress, there will be singular days where the pain does increase.
Shockwave is suitable to treat a variety of different long term foot and lower limb problems, and all podiatrists at Darwin Podiatry are trained extensively on the application of shockwave.