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Achilles tendinopathy treatment

We offer effective, non-invasive, alternative treatment for Achilles tendinopathy, combining Osteopathy with Shockwave Therapy

Looking for effective Achilles tendinopathy treatment in Auckland? Visit our leading osteopathy clinic specialising in shockwave therapy. Our expert team of osteopaths combine osteopathic techniques with shockwave therapy to alleviate Achilles tendon pain and promote healing. Discover how our specialised approach can help you regain mobility and overcome Achilles tendinopathy discomfort. Schedule your appointment today!

Need help with achilles tendon pain?

Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that affects the Achilles tendon, leading to pain and discomfort in the back of the ankle. Commonly observed in individuals who engage in repetitive activities or sports, the typical clinical presentation includes symptoms such as tenderness, swelling, and difficulty with activities involving the affected tendon. Specialised treatment, including shockwave therapy, is often necessary to alleviate symptoms and facilitate healing.

Shockwave Therapy Auckland Effective treatment

Fast

Treatments are quick and typically take around 5 minutes to 15 minutes depending on the treatment site.

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Non-invasive

Shockwave therapy doesn't require injections or surgery and is a great alternative to sterioid injections.

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Effective

Shockwave is shown to reduce the average pain score from 8.5/10 to 1.5/10 within four weekly sessions.

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What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

Achilles tendinopathy refers to a condition characterised by degeneration, inflammation, or damage to the Achilles tendon, resulting in pain and impaired function. It typically occurs due to overuse, repetitive strain, or aging. 

 

Compared to other common Achilles injuries like Achilles tendonitis or Achilles tendon rupture, Achilles tendinopathy is a broader term encompassing various stages of tendon degeneration and includes both tendonitis (inflammation) and tendinosis (degeneration). While tendonitis involves acute tendon inflammation, tendinopathy often represents a chronic condition with degenerative changes. On the other hand, Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon and requires immediate medical attention. Achilles tendinopathy is generally characterised by persistent pain and stiffness in the Achilles tendon area, whereas acute tendonitis may exhibit more noticeable inflammation and swelling.

Osteopathy for
Achilles Tendinopathy

Osteopathy can play a beneficial role in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy by addressing the underlying causes, reducing pain, promoting healing, and restoring optimal function. Osteopathic techniques focus on improving musculoskeletal alignment, enhancing blood circulation, and reducing tension in the affected area.

 

Osteopaths employ various techniques, including:

 

Soft tissue manipulation: Osteopaths use gentle hands-on techniques to release tension and improve the mobility of soft tissues surrounding the Achilles tendon. This can help reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and promote healing.

 

Joint mobilisation: If joint stiffness or misalignment contributes to Achilles tendinopathy, osteopaths may perform gentle joint mobilisation techniques to restore normal joint function and relieve strain on the tendon.

 

Stretching and strengthening exercises: Osteopaths may prescribe specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons surrounding the Achilles tendon. These exercises aim to improve flexibility, support the healing process, and prevent future injury.

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How can shockwave help Achilles Tendinopathy?

‍Radial shockwave therapy has been shown to be a beneficial treatment for Achilles tendinopathy, supported by evidence from various studies. Research has indicated that shockwave therapy promotes tissue regeneration, enhances blood flow, and reduces inflammation in the affected area. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research found that shockwave therapy significantly improved pain and functional outcomes in patients with Achilles tendinopathy (Wang et al., 2012). Furthermore, a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine compared shockwave therapy with eccentric exercises and demonstrated comparable or superior results in terms of pain reduction and functional improvement (Rompe et al., 2009). These findings highlight the effectiveness of radial shockwave therapy as a non-invasive treatment option for Achilles tendinopathy.

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