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Shockwave Therapy 

What are RPW Shockwaves and How do they work?

Radial shockwaves are introduced into the body by means of a freely moving applicator which can cover the entire pain region. Shockwave therapy (RPW – Radial Pressure waves) are high energy acoustic pulses which aim to improve the metabolism in the region of pain, increase blood circulation and stimulate soft tissue repair.

What can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

Tendinopathies including

  • Feet and Heel:                    Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs & Achilles Tendonitis

  • Elbow:                                   Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

  • Shoulder:                              Calcific Tendinosis of the Rotator Cuff

  • Knee:                                     Patellar Tendonitis

  • Hip:                                        Bursitis

  • Lower Leg:                            Shin Splints

  • Upper Leg:                            Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome

  • Myofasical Trigger Points – Localised Tender or Painful Areas.

  • Activation of Muscles and Connective Tissues (increased blood circulation)


  • Pregnancy

  • Haemophilia or other coagulation disorders

  • Acute Inflamation

  • Disturbed Sensory and Nervous Function (eg Diabetes)

  • Corticosteroid Injections (wait minimum of 6-8 weeks after local injections)

  • Malignancy

  • Protheses and implants

  • If any questions please consult Sydney Allied


Are there any side effects 

Side effects could occur after a treatment with RPW Shockwave therapy. The majority may appear after 1 – 2 days. These side effects usually abate after 5 to 10 days. Common side effects include:

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Pain

  • Heamatoma (Bruising)

  • Petechia (Red Spots)

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How many Treatments are generally required?

  • Patients generally require 5 – 6 separate treatment sessions approximately 1 week apart to complete a course of treatment.

  • If patients are not finding relief after their 3rd shockwave treatment, they may not respond to this type of therapy.

  • For Chronic conditions, patients may require more than 6 sessions.


Would Shockwave Therapy cost more?

No, At Sydney Allied we pride ourselves in delivering the most appropriate, quality, evidence based treatment for our patients. Hence we only charge our patients our standard consultations rates as specified.


Does Shockwave Therapy hurt?

The shockwave technology used generally causes no significant discomfort and there is NO local anesthetic required. However some patients may describe their experience as ranging from “mild sensation” to “moderately uncomfortable” but patients report any significant or lasting pain.

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Is there Evidence behind Shockwave Therapy?

  • For the right candidates, Clinical Studies have proven to be 80 – 85% successful in improving their conditions.

  • Scientific Research supports the use of shockwave therapy and show high success rates in the treatment of Tendinopathies, Plantar Fasciitis and Tennis / Golfers elbow.



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