PATIENT INFORMATION SHEET
DOLORCLAST RADIAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

Here at Orion Medical Centre we offer Radial Shock Wave Therapy for the treatment of pain related to soft tissue conditions like:

  • Tennis/golfers elbow;
  • Plantar fasciitis;
  • Achilles tendinosis;
  • Patellar tendinosis;
  • Shin splints;
  • Tendinosis of the rotator cuff with or without calcification; and
  • Iliotibial band syndrome.

For other painful or mobility limiting conditions, please discuss a potential Radial Shock Wave Therapy treatment plan with your doctor.

Radial Shock Wave Therapy has been demonstrated as a safe treatment option.  It encompasses high-energy soundwaves being transmitted from a probe as it is held against the skin. The soundwaves then spread outwards into the underlying tissues. This is believed to induce increased blood flow and metabolic activity around the site of pain, thereby, accelerating the healing process. At the very least it effectively reduces pain from this area.

ABOUT THE TREATMENT:

After a simple examination, the area of maximum pain is identified, and a small amount of conducting gel is applied. An applicator is then held against the skin as treatment begins. The initial phase may cause some deep pain, however this decreases eventually, and also indicates that there is the correct targeting of the problem area. There may then be a sensation of numbness or heaviness.

The treatment sessions are of 10 minutes duration during which you will receive 2500 pulses. Many patients get pain relief immediately after the first treatment. Depending on the condition and your response you may require from 1 to 5 treatments, although 3 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 your 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.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Please inform your doctor or nurse if you have any of the following contra-indications:

  • Pregnancy;
  • Bleeding and blood coagulation disorders, or medications that “thin your blood”;
  • Wounds or acute inflammation in the treatment area;
  • Tumours/cancers in the treatment area;
  • You are under 18yrs old (we can treat Osgood-Schlatter disease);
  • We cannot treat over air-filled spaces;
  • We cannot treat pre-ruptured tendons;
  • Let us know if you have had cortisone into the affected area over the last 6 weeks.

COST:

For pensioner/health care card holder

$50 per treatment session non-rebateable (Work cover rebateable) plus the attendance/consultation fee from the doctor, which attracts a Medicare rebate.

For pensioner/health care card holder

$80 per treatment session non-rebateable (Work cover rebateable) plus the attendance/consultation fee from the doctor, which attracts a Medicare rebate.

RESULTS:

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 doctor.