Shockwave Therapy for Knee Pain and Patellar Tendinopathy

Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. Its main benefits are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. As well as being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers it makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various conditions causing acute or chronic pain.

Shockwave therapy for knee pain and Patellar Tendonitis is applied by following a set protocol.  The Podiatrist will carry out a thorough case history taking which isolates the area that is painful and begins to understand the clinical history behind the condition.  It is important to make sure that the condition being treated is actually Patellar Tendonitis and is therefore treatable with shockwave therapy.

During the examination period a tender point where the pain is maximal will be located, upon which a water-based gel medium is applied. This aids the transmission of the impulses into the desired area. The probe will then be placed over the desired area and then treatment for your Patellar Tendonitis will begin.
At first the Podiatrist will ensure the discomfort is kept to a minimum.  After a while as the impulses increase little pain is felt. Although, more often than not there is some pain felt over the area of application. After treatment you should feel very little pain and this may last for a few days.
After then an aching sensation can occur.  After subsequent treatments there will be a definite improvement in symptoms leading to reduction in the original pain felt.

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How long will shockwave therapy take to work?

Generally most applications of shockwave therapy for Patellar Tendonitis and related conditions will resolve within 3-4 sessions of (roughly) 30 minutes.  This can depend on the exact presentation of the condition.  Making sure you see someone quickly to have the condition diagnosed can reduce the number of sessions needed.

It is vital that you continue to work with your Podiatrist to maintain the exercise regime you should already be carrying out for Patellar Tendonitis, prior to consulting for shockwave treatment.  This will involve balancing exercises, strength exercises and a good eccentric loading programme depending on your stage of Patellar Tendonitis.

How long does the treatment last for?

Normally shockwave therapy for Patellar Tendonitis in addition to preventative treatment should make a significant contribution to reducing the pain and improving the function of your Patellar Tendonitis permanently.  In most cases the shockwave will get rid of the Patellar Tendinitis.
With some tendon surgery there is a 75% success rate at 18 months, with shockwave for the same condition it has been shown that up to 80% of patients who have received the shockwave therapy at 18 months have a good to excellent result.  Shockwave is better than surgery for certain tendinopathy and more research is being done with this in mind.

Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective form of treatment in the management of Patellar Tendinopathy, the results of which are considerably better than the conservative measures which we currently use to manage Patellar Tendinopathy.

In a class of its own! Since 1999, the Swiss DolorClast® has been setting new standards in orthopaedic shockwave therapy (ESWT) as the world market leader, with over 6000 devices in use worldwide. The system, specially designed for orthopaedic use, has changed pain therapy. It ensures a gentle and efficient treatment with pneumatically generated shockwaves, which are transmitted into the area of pain. A treatment with 2,000 impulses only takes about five to ten minutes.

Dolorclast shockwave therapy gives instant pain relief and stimulates healing getting you healed, active and pain free so that you can enjoy all that life has to offer, faster.

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The Foot and Ankle Clinic is proud to have pioneered the use of Shockwave Therapy in Australia since its inception several years ago and therefore all our Podiatrists have vast experience using shockwave therapy and have done extensive training in shockwave therapy and its applications.

  • Affordable
  • In-Office Procedure
  • Walk-In / Walk-Out
  • No Time Off Work
  • Clinically Proven
  • No Drugs Or Side-Effects

At the Foot and Ankle Clinic our highly qualified team of Podiatrists are all members of the Australian Podiatry Association and offer a combined 50 years’ experience.

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