Using Shockwave Therapy to Treat Muscle and Joint Pain

treatment of shoulder with shockwave

At MCIM we offer shockwave therapy which is effective in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions i.e. conditions that relate to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles that are essential to movement.

SWT creates a series of short, high-energy, pulsating acoustic (sound) waves that stimulate our bodies own natural healing response. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues.

It is usually administered once a week for three to six weeks. The number of sessions depends on severity of the condition.

Conditions that respond well to SWT

treating elbo with shockwave therapy

Tendonitis – inflammation of tendons that connect muscle to bone. Tendonitis is often caused by repetitive movement, poor posture or arthritis. Common tendonitis conditions:

  • Achilles tendonitis – affects tendons between heel and calf muscle.
  • Elbow tendonitis – tennis of golfer’s elbow.
  • Patellar tendonitis – jumper’s knee.
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis – pitcher’s or swimmers shoulder.
  • Bicep tendonitis – inflammation of tendons between the bicep and shoulder.
  • Wrist tendonitis – bowler’s wrist.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) – inflammation of the thick outer tissue connected from the pelvis to the top of the shinbone. ITBS is often characterised by outer knee pain.

Bursitis – a condition that affects joints. Hips, shoulders, elbows, ankles knees etc. Caused by inflammation of the fluid sacs (bursae). Bursae act as cushions between bones, tendons and joins surrounding muscle.

Plantar Fasciitis – painful heel. Typically chronic heel pain after periods of inactivity or getting out of bed in the morning.

To know more about this treatment at MCIM or to book an appointment, please call Karen on 011 433 0066 / 011 027 1190


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