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Tendons: My story of why I’ve started to use Shockwave Therapy for my patients

October 1, 2018

Matthew Jakovljevic – Osteopath B.S(clin), M.H.S(osteo)

Crappy movie title, interesting story…. Maybe…

Tendon injuries are frustrating, they can come out of nowhere and because the blood supply to a tendon can be poor, they can take a while to heal.

Whether it be a stubborn tennis elbow, shoulder/ rotator cuff impingement, achilles, patella, plantar fascia etc, they’re frustrating. If it’s frustrating from my perspective as a practitioner trying to treat them I can only imagine what it’s like for my patients!!

Apart from the fact they can take a while to heal, they are confusing. There are some many treatment options, rest it, exercise it, massage it,  dry needle it, inject it with cortisone or PRP, the list is endless.

What happens when they don’t heal with conservative management of hands on treatment and rehab? I used to send of for cortisone or PRP, but both of these are fairly hit and miss and can be quite expensive.

About 3 years ago I starting using Shockwave Therapy…

Shockwave Therapy is  well supported by evidence (with up to 80% success rate quoted in literature) and the the machine itself is a ”mini jack hammer” that is used to stimulate healing in the tendon by drawing blood/ healing factors to the area (similar to the way a PRP injection works). Since starting to use Shockwave Therapy I have seen a great improvement in the outcomes of my tendinopathy patients.

Shockwave Therapy isn’t the be all and end all, it’s still needs to used in conjuction with exercise, education, re-assurance and other measures but can really help give that stubborn injury a kick up the arse.

The team at Procare Geelong have access to a Shockwave Therapy machine. If you think Shockwave Therapy might be useful for you, have a chat to your osteopath or give us a call on 03 5243 3819.

Please note, the advice above is generalised and may not be specific to your situation. If in doubt please contact one of our osteopaths or another health care provider to provide a specific diagnosis and treatment of your condition.