Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy

What is shockwave therapy?

Do I need shockwave therapy?

My friend has shockwave therapy and it didn't work?

Does shockwave therapy hurt?

We will look to answer some of these questions over the coming weeks through our instagram and blogs 

 

We have it and yes, we use it.

 

Does that mean every single patient needs it? Definitely not.

 

Shockwave therapy, which has some moderate evidence (despite what people will tell you) is a great tool for chronic conditions such as plantar heel pain. Recent evidence has shown its better than a placebo... that means it’s better than using something which wasn’t meant to have a therapeutic effect. So.. yeah, I could probably get the same result but making you eat six bananas every day and comparing the difference. No studies have compared shockwave in conjunction with other therapies, which is how it should be used and explained. We will NEVER say, this is the magic wand and say that all we need is shockwave. We get the best results with a combination of treatment modalities. For example, graded exposure through strength and conditioning related principles, imaging (X-ray/US) taping, general activity modification, possible change in footwear, orthosis (if warranted) and a through treatment road map in conjunction with shockwave therapy.

 

 

Blake about us

Blake Withers

Podiatrist
Blake has a passion for endurance athletes and in particular, runners. His post graduate research investigated perceptions around footwear and foot type within this group. He is a keen athlete himself, finishing 3rd recently in the Noosa Triathlon in his respected category and 1st in the Glasshouse 100 (15km) trail run through the Glasshouse mountains. He currently continues to train for marathons, triathlons, and Ironman events. ‘Building resilience is one of the most important aspects I have found to be pivotal in the rehab journey’

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