Shockwave Therapy FAQs
Is Shockwave Therapy painful?
In some cases, patients may experience mild to moderate sensations during the treatment. The fact, however, that the treatment does not require the administering of a local anaesthetic indicates that it is not particularly painful. Depending on the intensity of the injury and the area of the body where Shockwave Therapy is administered, patients have described the sensation during treatment as akin to a rubber band being snapped on the body.
Following treatment, in some cases, patients may experience a mild tingling sensation or numbness in the specific area where Shockwave Therapy was applied. Generally post-treatment, the level of discomfort does not persist and patients, in many cases, can return to normal physical activity almost immediately. In some cases, however, where the injury may be severe and therefore requires time to heal, the physiotherapist may advise the patient following treatment to refrain for a few days from performing certain activities. This is to prevent putting undue strain on the damaged muscle and tissue and to aid in faster recovery.
As a general rule, there are no significant side-effects or long-term pain or discomfort following Shockwave Therapy. In patients with sensitive skin, mild bruising may be noticed, but these side-effects are predominantly external or superficial and will naturally subside in a few days.
It is important to ensure that the professional who applies Shockwave Therapy is appropriately qualified to deliver the treatment for your safety and for optimal effectiveness of the treatment as well as to ensure that your medical claim can be reimbursed without any issues according to your health plan requirements. At Ace Physio, Shockwave Therapy is exclusively practiced by Registered Physiotherapists and the treatment is usually covered by most extended health plans.
How to find out if you can benefit from Shockwave Therapy?
Most people who suffer from chronic pain caused by muscle injuries or musculoskeletal damage can benefit from Shockwave Therapy. An initial appointment with your physiotherapist will enable you to find out if your condition can be effectively treated using Shockwave Therapy.
Is Shockwave Therapy expensive or time-consuming?
Each Shock wave Therapy session typically lasts approximate 30 minutes and is repeated at regular weekly intervals from approximately 5-10 weeks depending on the severity of the issue.
Therefore, scheduling treatment to fit into your busy daily routine should not be a problem at all, and is far less time consuming than other treatments.