Shockwave therapy is the use of short, intense energy waves travelling faster than the speed of sound. These energy waves stimulate the breakdown of scar tissue and fibroblasts. This process increases blood circulation and initiates metabolic activity, causing an inflammatory response that promotes and stimulates healing.
In the majority of cases there is a significant decrease in pain immediately after the first treatment. This is usually followed by discomfort for approximately 24 hours. Following are a number of pain-free days and it is not uncommon for pain to return just before the second treatment. After the second treatment there is, in most cases, no post-treatment pain the next day and any remaining pain continues to steadily diminish.
Shockwave therapy is accumulative and full results will be seen about 12 weeks following the last treatment. It is advised that the area of injury is rested over the course of the treatment to allow ample time to heal.