Shockwave therapy | Chronic pain | Spring Osteo Clinic Surrey Hills

Swiss Dolorclast radial shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is used as an adjunct to your osteopathy treatment for the treatment of pain for chronic soft tissue conditions including:

  • tennis/golfers elbow
  • plantar fasciitis
  • achilles tendinopathy
  • patellar tendinopathy
  • shin splints
  • tendinopathy of the rotator cuff with or without calcification
  • iliotibial band friction syndrome and more.

This form of treatment was developed from other medical indications and is widely used in Europe and North America for treatment of the above soft tissue conditions. There are numerous published scientific studies, which you are free to examine, the majority of which demonstrate positive outcomes. Most importantly, it has been demonstrated as a safe treatment option.

Radial shockwaves are high-energy sound waves transmitted from a probe held against and passing through the skin and spreading outwards into the underlying tissues. This is believed to induce increased blood flow and metabolic activity around the site of pain accelerating the healing process. At the very least it effectively reduces pain from this area.

About the treatment

After a simple examination of the affected area, shockwaves are applied via a hand piece or applicator held against the skin. The initial phase of treatment may cause some deep pain however this indicates correct targeting of the problem area.  This is usually followed by numbness or heaviness in the area and the latter phase of the treatment feels less or no pain.

The treatment sessions are approximately 10 minutes during which you will receive 2000 pulses. Many patients get pain relief immediately after the first treatment. Depending on the condition and your response you may require from three to five treatments, although three is usually sufficient.

After the treatment

You may feel some soreness, which may intensify on the night of treatment. Simple analgesia and icing may be required to control this pain. There may also be some minor bruising in the treatment area. You should rest from aggravating activities for 2-3 days after treatment, as your doctor will discuss.

Side effects

  • Post-treatment pain as above.
  • Local bruising – uncommon and minor.

Tendon rupture has not been reported following radial shockwave therapy, unlike cortisone injection and surgery.


Please inform your doctor if you have a one of the following contra-indications as this form of treatment may not be appropriate for you –

  • Pregnancy
  • Bleeding and blood coagulation disorders and associated medication consumption.
  • Skin wound or acute inflammation in treatment area
  • Tumour or lung in treatment area


Obviously, the human body is a complex structure and like many things in medicine, we can provide no guarantees of effectiveness of treatment. We can only keep up-to-date with the latest quality scientific research and make this available to you to make your decision. If you have any questions please feel free to discuss these with your osteopath.

Next steps

Ask your osteopath if shockwave would be right for you.  Book an appointment online or call 9830 7044.