Shockwave lithotripsy - tendon clinic

Filling An Important Niche Market | Queensland Lithotripsy

Brisbane based Queensland Lithotripsy Services assists patients with persistent tendon injuries, orthopaedic issues such as shin splints and additionally, men’s sexual health issues such as Erectile Dysfunction/ Peyronie’s disease.

Lithotripsy QueenslandIt is the only dedicated ultrasound guided lithotripsy/shockwave clinic in Queensland.

Treating radiographer Jane McCarthy said: “Lithotripsy has been used since the early 80s to treat renal calculi with high energy soundwaves ,known as Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy or ESWL.”

The procedure now being used at low energy in the clinic is known as Extracorporeal Shockwave treatment – ESWT.

Extracorporeal being outside the body and non invasive.

With nearly 27 years of clinical experience in lithotripsy, Jane and her Allied Health colleagues have a regular repeat referral base and have proved that a number of conditions can be, and are, successfully treated with orthopaedic and urological shockwave lithotripsy including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Shin splints

Jane said  “There are certain factors which are really the prerequisites for successful ESWT. One is use of continuous ultrasound; the other is the ability of the equipment to select both low though to medium energy soundwaves depending on the tendon problem being treated.” Ultrasound guided lithotripsy enables continual visualisation of the tendon during treatment.which, in turn, allows for accurate positioning of the area of concern. “Without this,you are treating blind”

Jane went on to say “To have the ability to alter the energy value of the soundwave tailors the treatment to a patient’s problem.”

The advantages of lithotripsy prior to considering surgery are numerous. Not least the fact that no time off work is necessary, it is cost effective and side effects minimal.

Treatment is now also available through avenues such as Veteran Affairs, Workcover QLD and the Defence Forces for patients approved for treatment, providing them with greater options prior to the need to consider surgery as treatment is non- invasive, no time off work required, minimal side effects and a very cost effective option, for many more patients now.

3 main Prerequisites for successful treatment are:

  • Patient selection (a referral is required from a medical practitioner, physiotherapist or podiatrist)
  • Variable energy selection to tailor treatment to each tendon injury
  • Ultrasound guidance allowing constant visualisation for accurate focusing.

For further information, phone Jane on 3834 6448 or visit

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