Shockwave& Laser Therapy:
shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin via a gel medium. The concept and technology originally evolved from the discovery that focused sound waves were capable of breaking down kidney and gallstones. Generated shockwaves have proven successful in a number of scientific studies for the treatment of chronic conditions. Shockwave therapy is its own treatment for a lingering injury, or pain resulting from illness. You don’t need painkillers with it – the purpose of the therapy is to trigger the body’s own natural healing response. Many people report that their pain is reduced and mobility improved after the first treatment.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave therapy is a modality that is becoming more common in physiotherapy. Using a much lower energy than in medical applications, shockwave therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, primarily those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
Shockwave therapy offers physiotherapists another tool for stubborn, chronic tendinopathy. There are some tendon conditions that just don’t seem to respond to traditional forms of treatment, and having the option of shockwave therapy treatment allows physiotherapist another tool in their arsenal. Shockwave therapy is most suited for people who have chronic (ie greater than six weeks) tendinopathies (commonly referred to as tendinitis) which haven’t responded to other treatment; these include: tennis elbow, achilles, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These could be as a result of sport, overuse, or repetitive strain.
You will be assessed by the physiotherapist at your first visit to confirm that you are an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy. The physio will ensure you are educated about your condition and what you can do in conjunction with treatment – activity modification, specific exercises, assessing any other contributing issues such as posture, tightness/weakness of other muscle groups etc. Shockwave treatment is usually done once a week for 6-7 weeks, depending on results. The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only last 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep it comfortable
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is the application of red and infrared light over injuries to improve soft tissue healing resulting in relief if acute and chronic conditions. Laser therapy uses monochromatic light emission from a high intensity super luminous diodes to treat musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions to heal wounds. The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate the soft tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell functions and enhancement of the body’s healing processes.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
When a cell is working to repair itself, it needs a great deal of energy. Most cells continue to work at their usual rate, which is why repair of some tissues takes so long.
In some instances, the cells stay so busy dealing with inflammation and bi-products that are present in the injured tissue; they don’t have enough energy left to provide effective repair. With the use of lasers the cells are stimulated and their activity is increased so that they can perform better, faster and more effectively. The result is enhanced wound and injury healing in a shorter period of time. A more detailed explanation of the science behind how laser therapy works is that, the light from the laser stimulates the cell’s mitochondria into hyperactivity.
The cell is provided with more energy and is now in an optimum condition to play its part in the healing process.
What Conditions/Injuries can be treated by Laser Therapy?
– Rotator Cuff Tears
– Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
– Fractures with Soft Tissue Damage
– Ligament and Tendon Tears
– Sprains and Strains
– Plantar Fasciitis
– Degenerative Disc Disease
– Chondromalacia Patella
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome