About Queensland Lithotripsy Services(QLS)

Queensland Lithotripsy Services clinic uses the ONLY dedicated, ultrasound guided machine in Queensland.

Your treatment is not done in conjunction with any other treatment, it is a dedicated lithotripsy treatment.

Extra Corporeal Shockwave Treatment

Over time we have collected and corresponded to numerous questions that are very important to our treatment here at QLD Lithotripsy. Please click on the question below so we can address any questions and concerns you may have.

What conditions do you treat?

We treat a number of conditions. Some of the main tendon conditions we treat are:

  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis (shoulder tendonitis, calcific tendonitis of the shoulder)
  • Trochanteric bursitis of the hip (gluteal tendinopathy)
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow
  • Patellar tendonitis

Other areas include:

  • Lymphedema
  • Shin Splints
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Erectile dysfunction/ Peyronies disease

We do not treat any areas around the spine or arthritic problems. We do not treat tenosynovitis unless it relates to an underlying tendon pathology.

Do you treat spinal/back pain or arthritis?

We do not treat areas around the spine or other arthritic problems. We treat tendons and other painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendonitis, and rotator cuff tendonitis including calcific tendonitis. We also treat epicondylitis of the elbow (tennis elbow, golfers elbow) patellar tendonitis and trochanteric bursitis of the hip.

Read more information about the conditions that can be treated here.

What equipment do you use – and how does it work?

We have two state of the art machines. Manufactured in Germany and Switzerland, they provide the most up to date technology for Shockwave production. With digital ultrasound and three separate shockwave devices we can tailor your treatment precisely. The shockwaves are either generated by an electromagnetic coil (Focussed shockwave) or by a pneumatic projectile (Radial shockwave). Using ultrasound guidance we can accurately determine the exact position and depth of treatment required, which is paramount for a quality treatment.

Read more information about how it works here.

How long does each session take and how many will I need?

Your initial visit includes a detailed consultation explaining exactly what to expect and how the treatment works. After this consultation you will then proceed with your first treatment so please allow 45 minutes for the first appointment. Each session after that should take approximately 30 minutes per area. You will need to allow longer if you require more than one area to be treated within the same session as we specifically focus the shock wave on the area of pathology so each area is precisely treated and then usually you will require 3-4 treatments per area.

What does the treatment do to the spur? Will it go away?

Spurs usually occur as an end product of inflammation adjacent to the bone resulting in new bone formation. As such the spur is not the cause of the pain and therefore there is no reason to remove it. The spur represents new bone. It cannot be removed by shockwaves however, the cause of the pain is due to inflammation in the adjacent tendon or facia. The treatment is directed at this pathology encouraging healing of the inflammation.

Will the treatment dissolve the calcific deposit?

Calcific deposits are usually a response to the pathology within the tendon. There is evidence that calcific deposits can and do resorb in response to shock wave treatment. This is also dependent on the size and number of calcific deposits as well as stage of development. It is thought that lithotripsy works by stimulating a natural response that result in resorption of the calcific deposits. Even in cases where this does not occur for example if the calcium becomes very hard with age, often there is success with lithotripsy in significantly reducing symptoms and pain.

Will I be able to go back to sport/running?

The aim of lithotripsy is to reduce inflammation so that you can return to normal activities as quickly as possible.

Will the lithotripsy heal a tendon tear?

There is no evidence that lithotripsy will heal tendon tears therefore in full thickness tears of rotator cuff tendons or large tears in tendons of other areas we may recommend an alternative treatment. Small tears in tendons are quite common and these do not preclude successful pain relief and reduction of inflammation by the treatment of lithotripsy.

Is Lithotripsy guaranteed to work?

Nothing in medicine is guaranteed but we do have consistent, excellent results with treating these problems. For this reason we continue to get regular referrals from doctors and other allied health professionals. If you have tried other treatments for these conditions with no success then consider calling our clinic to discuss whether Queensland Lithotripsy Services can help you with our unique Ultrasound guided shockwave treatment.

Will I be able to play sport during treatment?

Generally speaking if sport is aggravating your problem in any way during treatment then we would highly recommend that you cease the sport for a few weeks to aid further healing of the condition.

How long will it be before I see improvement with shockwave treatment?

Most of the improvement happens after the completion of treatment. For this reason we will undertake follow up calls with you over a period of a few weeks to assess how you are progressing post treatment.

Do I need a referral?

For most conditions, particularly those that are long standing and the diagnosis is well established, you will not need a referral. Although we are not a diagnostic clinic our health professionals are well trained and experienced in tendon and other conditions. They may, depending on your specific problem advise you see your doctor or allied health professional for a clinical assessment and investigation prior to commencement of treatment.

Is Treatment covered through WorkCover or Veteran Affairs?

Yes, WorkCover and Veterans Affairs will cover costs on a case–by–case basis. Normally in these particular situations we will need prior approval for treatment from them before we can commence treatment. Please feel free to call our clinic on (07) 3834 6448 for details on this process. A referral is required.

What does treatment cost?

Treatment costs vary because of the differing nature and complexity of conditions treated. Please feel free to call us to speak to our health professionals about the likely costs of treatment in your particular case.

Treatment is also available through workcover or veterans affairs on a case-by-case basis. Prior approval is required prior to treatment Please feel free to speak to our Allied health staff for details. A referral is required.

Why doesn’t my GP know about this?

GP’s get presented with vast amounts of literature and medical material on a regular basis, and as such it is often difficult to keep up with treatments available in musculoskeletal medicine. We continue to provide information at conferences and at local meetings to provide evidence based material to enable GP’s to understand the role of lithotripsy in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Because of our excellent results we are often recommended through word of mouth and as such if you, or if you know anyone who may benefit from our services please get them to contact us for more information here.

How can I make an enquiry about treatment or make a booking?

To make an enquiry; telephone us on (07) 3834 6448 or alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form. You can only make a booking through the enquiry number or by phoning the bookings office on (07) 3834 6112. We will endeavour to answer your enquiry within two working days of lodging an online enquiry.

Where are you Located?

We are based at the Brisbane Private Hospital on Wickham Terrace in Spring Hill, Brisbane. Our practice is located on the ground floor at main entrance level and can be found behind the Admissions Centre. If you are uncertain please approach the enquiry counter for guidance to our practice.

Click here for a map and more details about our location including contact information.

Can I get to your practice easily with Public Transport?

Yes, public transport provides services that allow easy access to the Brisbane Private hospital. The treatments we provide should not preclude you from using public transport to go home after your treatment. You may choose either train or bus to travel for your appointment.

  • TRAIN: Trains come into Roma Street and Central stations. Central Station is slightly closer and is approx. 10-15 minute walk from the Hospital, up the hill to Wickham Terrace.
  • BUS: Most buses come into Adelaide Street, although there is a free circle line (Spring Hill Loop) which also stops at central station takes you up to Wickham Terrace every half hour. There is also a free hospital shuttle that runs regularly from central station.
Is there parking available?

Parking is available (fee payable) under the hospital, which you can enter via Birley Street. There is also a multi-storey car park in Bartley Street, immediately after the hospital on Wickham Terrace – it is the first left turn just after the round shaped Tower Mill Metro Hotel.

Click here for a map and more details about our location.