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Shockwave Therapy on the Northern Beaches

Shockwave therapy is a versatile and highly effective, non-invasive form of management for a range of conditions, especially relating to tendons. Fixio has one of the few machines on the Northern Beaches and are experts in delivering fast, exact treatments with our Shockwave machine. 

Shockwave has been used for many years as an alternative to invasive surgeries. At Fixio we use it in 2 distinct ways. 

Firstly, on injuries that aren’t responding in an ideal fashion. These injuries often benefit from shockwave therapy as it targets the pathology at the cellular level, helping speed up the body’s natural healing processes.  

Secondly, when the patient wants to get results as quickly as possible. Shockwave has been shown to have the greatest effects when combined with expert physiotherapy.  

When to Use Shockwave

The most common application of shockwave is in the active population, especially around tendons and joints. As it assists in stimulating repair, it can be used soon after the injury has occurred. There has been a lot of research into use on older injuries as well, especially those that have scar tissue, tendon damage or calcification of the tendon.  

Shockwave is a wonderful option to use before considering surgery. At Fixio, we aim to reduce the need for injections, medications and surgery; shockwave can assist you in this too.  

Most of the injuries listed below do not come on after 1 big incident, but rather they seem to appear with minimal provocation. It can be quite surprising as to how painful these issues can be without the associated trauma that we usually relate to significant pain. 

Injuries that we regularly treat with shockwave: 

  • Achilles tendinitis 
  • Patellar tendinopathy or Jumper’s Knee 
  • Rotator cuff pain and injuries 
  • Shoulder bursitis and tendon pain 
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow 
  • Heel spurs 
  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Calcific tendinopathies 
  • Degenerative disorders 
  • Hip bursitis 
  • Hamstring tendon pain   

Shockwave therapy shows significant reduction of pain after the first few treatments and improvement in mobility around the affected area.  

shockwave quad tendon

THE NORTHERN BEACHES MOST TRUSTED SPORTS INJURY AND PAIN CLINIC

Lloyd Padilla
Lloyd Padilla
2024-05-10
Jaeme and Dan are top-notch physios! Their expertise and approachability made my experience exceptionally positive. They efficiently addressed my years-long neck and back pain with personalized care and clear guidance. The office facility is also impressively equipped. Highly recommend them for effective treatment in a comfortable setting.
Heather Grigg
Heather Grigg
2024-05-10
Have just started with Dan following a nasty fall and fracture to shoulder. Feel very positive, Dan has explained every process along the way and I feel very comfortable with my treatment plan. The other members of the team are super friendly and always acknowledge me on arrival and make me feel welcome
Holly Rose
Holly Rose
2024-05-08
Had a great experience with Jackson! I came in with shoulder and ankle issues and the goal to start up my running again and Jackson gave me all the right tips to get back on track and living pain free! Very grateful for all of his work!
ryan searle
ryan searle
2024-05-02
Ruptured Achilles (99%) - non surgical approach. Dom and the team were great. 6 months in and the leg is as good as the other. Could not recommend Dom more highly.
TheMeet9
TheMeet9
2024-04-16
Thank you Dan for helping solve my back pain. A true champion in providing wholistic care and extremely knowledgeable in his management plans.
Jennifer Wearne
Jennifer Wearne
2024-04-15
I started seeing Hayden for a lower back injury with an inflamed disk (Things you do in the gym!!!). After only 8 weeks and some great planning by Hayden and the team I went from not being able to move to being back in the gym and back to doing what I love! I am lifting more now than I was before my injury and generally feeling great. The attention to detail and knowledge the team have is amazing and I could not be happier with the results. For me it has not just been a fix of my back but a foundational learning experience, teaching me how to move, lift and self heal when I need to. Hands down, these guys are THE BEST Physio team on the Northern Beaches!
Clancy Millis
Clancy Millis
2024-04-11
Great service when attending to my back injury. physio Dominic was understanding, considerate, amiable and most importantly affective. highly recommend
Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart
2024-04-04
Hayden did a great job fixing my back. I would highly recommend seeing him. I had severe lower back pain to the point where I was considering surgery. Hayden guided me through the ups and downs, with honesty and empathy, and applying the best up-to-date methods my back made a full recovery.
Dan Wallis-Smith
Dan Wallis-Smith
2024-04-01
Been seeing Hayden for 6 months now and he’s guided me to fixing lower back and knee problems I’ve been having for years. He set out a program and what it would cost in the first consultation and has followed through, providing great knowledge and guidance along the way.
shockwave plantar fascia

What happens in a shockwave session?

A course of shockwave therapy can be administered as stand alone sessions, though it is recommended that it be combined with your regular physiotherapy sessions.

The shockwave device delivers acoustic shock waves that permeate the skin and stimulate natural tissue repair mechanisms. A session involves the following steps: 

  • The target area is located and marked to ensure direct delivery of the shockwaves. 
  • The hand-held shockwave machine is held lightly on the skin and delivers percussion to the affected area. 
  • Sound waves are delivered as short pulses of less than 1 microsecond, with 10-15 pulses being applied per second and can involve 1000 to 4000 pulses 
  • Shockwave therapy is non invasive and so has no side effects. You are able to head home immediately after receiving shockwave treatment.  
  • The treatment usually lasts for around 10-15 minutes, and only causes minor discomfort. 
  • The number and intensity of the sound waves will depend on the severity and depth of the condition that we are treating. 
  • A complete course of shockwave is 5 sessions of therapy at weekly intervals. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Extracorporeal shock waves work on several levels.  

  • Pain is initially reduced by changing the way that nerve signals are being sent to the brain. This means that you get a decrease in the pain you are experiencing. 
  • It helps speed up the natural physical repair and regeneration of the body’s soft tissues like tendons and bone.  
  • It improves bloodflow to the area that has shockwave on it 
  • It fights inflammation in musculoskeletal tissues. 

Our Fixio team are known as the local experts for treating stubborn pain and injuries. Whatever you are dealing with, we have seen it before. The team will be open and honest about whether shockwave will be the best course of action for you, and how it fits into the larger plan of you getting your life back.  

The recommended dosage is 5 sessions over 5 weeks. 

A typical session takes approximately 10 mins to administer.

Injuries that we regularly treat with shockwave: 

 

  • Achilles tendinitis 
  • Patellar tendinopathy or Jumper’s Knee 
  • Rotator cuff pain and injuries 
  • Shoulder bursitis and tendon pain 
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow 
  • Heel spurs 
  • Plantar Fasciitis 
  • Calcific tendinopathies 
  • Degenerative disorders 
  • Hip bursitis 
  • Hamstring tendon pain  
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