What percentage of your patients receive shockwave treatments?
In general, as I have been doing this for several years people now come to see me specifically for shockwave therapy. I would say around 50% of my patients are requesting the treatment. I have found that awareness of the technology and its potential to help with pain and mobility has increased massively. Shockwave’s reputation is certainly growing amongst the general public.
What conditions do you see the most of?
Well, tendinopathies are a large part of my clinical practice, from the standard Achilles and Plantar fasciitis, to GTPS, Lateral epicondylitis and Calcific Tendonitis in the shoulder. But we have great success with OA knees, and chronic myofascial dysfunctions too.
What conditions do you think responds the best to shockwave therapy?
The conditions it has the greatest impact on are longstanding conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles and GTPS. Combined with a good rehab program consisting of activity modification, appropriate loading, and gradual progression these do very well, and the patients are happy.
How has shockwave advanced your practice?
shockwave therapy has allowed me to increase my success rate with conditions which sometimes struggle to get better. Since I started with shockwave therapy, I have also started using ultrasound scanning to evaluate some of the tendons that come into the clinic, and together I have improved my clinical reasoning, and can direct the patient better in their journey to becoming pain free and back to full function.
As a well-respected educator on shockwave therapy, where do you see the future of the technology?
Shockwave therapy is definitely here to stay for MSK conditions. We will probably see an increase in the number of indications that is treated with shockwave and the protocols getting better and better. The areas that are exciting for the technology is how they shockwaves are now able to treat Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and even cardiac indications, these currently in its infancy but shows great promise.
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