DolorClast® Radial Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

A shock wave is a single acoustic pulse characterised by a rapid rise to a high peak pressure followed by a rapid drop to below ambient pressure. They are sent to the affected area from the point of contact on the skin’s surface.

The Swiss DolorClast® Shockwave uses single acoustic pressure waves to treat musculoskeletal and dermatological pathologies. It offers and combines two technologies – the propagation of radial and/or focused shock waves – to optimise treatment results.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy has positive effects of tissue regeneration.

The effects of shockwave have been well supported in scientific literature, with the molecular and cellular effects on tissue including:

  • Tendons: Regeneration of tendon structure and improves movement of tendon gliding through stimulating lubricin.
  • Bones: Stimulation of bone production through activation of bone forming cells (osteoblasts).
  • Muscles: Improvement in blood flow to increase healing cells, mechanical muscle relaxation and removal of muscle waste products which accumulate after physical activity (lactic acid, substance P).
  • Cartilage: Decrease cartilage degradation and reduce the progression of osteoarthritis.
Radial Shockwave Machine at Elite Foot Care

Principal Podiatrist Jay Lewis Discusses Shockwave Therapy

What to expect from shockwave therapy?

Patients who receive shockwave therapy report a moderate to high immediate improvement in symptoms surrounding the area shockwaved. As the sessions progress our podiatrists will gradually increase the intensity of treatment in accordance with your feedback. 

Minor soft tissue discomfort may be experienced within the following 48 hours of your first shockwave treatment which should feel no different to a deep muscle massage or post-exercise muscle soreness. This is a positive response with a clear initiation of soft tissue healing occurring. 

For the greatest therapeutic effect Elite Foot Care recommends four to six sessions of shockwave over the course of three to four weeks. All patients are different, with your podiatrist to clearly outline the expected duration of therapy.

At Elite Foot Care we utilise shockwave therapy in a manner which complements our other treatments, including foot orthotics, footwear modification, strength and conditioning programs and other soft tissue modalities. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding shockwave therapy do not hesitate to contact the clinic by phone, email or by making an online appointment.

How many shockwave sessions will I need?

For the greatest therapeutic effect Elite Foot Care recommends four to six sessions of shockwave over the course of three to four weeks. All patients are different, with your podiatrist to clearly outline the expected duration of therapy.

When is Shockwave Therapy Indicated?

Shockwave therapy is utilised by our podiatrists in a vast range of injuries. Shockwave is suitable for the following indications: tendinopathies, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, non-union fractures, and  spasticity.

These may include, however are not limited to:

  • Plantar fasciitis/Heel pain
  • Patella Tendinopathy
  • Hamstring Tendinopathy and Tears
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Calcific Bursitis
  • Trochanteric Bursitis and Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Bone spurs 
  • Heel spurs 
  • Arthritis 
  • Damaged ligaments
Senior Podiatrist Jarrod McGuinness using Radial Shockwave at Elite Foot Care Woombye.

What are the contraindications for shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy can be provided to a large range of patients, however our podiatrists do ensure that contraindications are identified to ensure your safety remains high. 

Contraindications for shockwave include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Patients with specific blood-clotting disorders (please query with our podiatrists)
  • Patients with specific oral anticoagulants (please query with our podiatrists)
  • Patients with local tumours, bacteria or viral infections
  • Patients treated with local corticosteroid injections within the last six-weeks

Is shockwave therapy evidence based and well researched?

Yes, being clinically proven is one of the pillars of the Swiss DolorClast method. Many randomized controlled trials (RCTs) demonstrating efficacy and safety of the Swiss DolorClast method on different indications have been published in the international peer-review literature. So far, 26 high quality research studies have been published on the Swiss DolorClast method, of which all have demonstrated high effectiveness and safety. 

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Woombye Clinic

4/40 Wilson Avenue, Woombye, 4559

(Corner of Nambour Connection & Blackall Range)

Sippy Downs Clinic

19 Lakehead Drive, Sippy Downs, 4556

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