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Shockwave Therapy & Achilles Tendinopathy

There are now multiple medical trials that support the use of shockwave therapy (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy – ESWT) for plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and calcific tendonitis of the shoulder.  Many people also suffer on a daily basis from a condition known as insertional achilles tendinopathy.  The following symptoms are now generally accepted and considered to be appropriate descriptors of this condition:

  • Insertional pain (i.e. pain at the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches) within 2 cm of the heel
  • Swelling
  • Loss of function

In the results of a recent study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, shockwave therapy is shown to be an effective treatment for chronic insertional Achilles tendinopathy.  Here are some key points from this study:

  1. At 1, 3 and 12 months after treatment, patients who received shockwave therapy demonstrated statistically greater results than the control group
  2. At 1, 3 and 12 months after treatment, patients who received ESWT without the use of local anaesthetic demonstrated greater improvements that patient who received ESWT combined with local anaesthetic

At the Orthopaedic Sport Institute, we offer shockwave therapy as an option to patients suffering from Achilles tendinopathy, shoulder tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow.  This treatment is offered in combination with standard forms of treatment for any of these conditions:

  • Manual therapy – with your physiotherapist, chiropractor and registered massage therapist
  • Custom Bracing/Orthoses
  • Anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s)
  • Active rehabilitation – stretching, strengthening
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma injections (PRP)
  • Consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon

If you are suffering from any of these impairments, please contact us at the Orthopaedic Sport Institute for a consultation with one of our registered healthcare professionals.  We will complete a detailed multi-disciplinary assessment to help determine the best course of treatment for your impairment.

Information for this article was taken from the study published in the AJSM: High-Energy Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy as a Treatment for Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy. John Patrick Furia. Am. J. Sports Med. 2006; 34; 733

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