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.
Common Questions (click for answer):
Q: What conditions do you treat?
We treat quite a number of conditions, however, we specialise in tendons.
Some of the main conditions we treat are:
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Achilles tendonitis Rotator cuff – Shoulder tendonitis (often calcific deposits are present)
- Trochanteric bursitis of the Hip
- Tennis elbow/ golfers elbow
- Patellar tendonitis
We DO NOT treat any areas around the spine, nor do we treat any arthritic problems. We are a dedicated tendon clinic.
Q. Do you treat spinal/back pain or arthritis?
No, we do not treat areas around the spine or arthritic problems. We are a dedicated tendon clinic, treating conditions such as Plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendonitis, Rotator cuff – Shoulder tendonitis (often calcific deposits are present), Trochanteric bursitis of the Hip, Tennis elbow/ golfers elbow, Patellar tendonitis Dequervains.
Read more information about our Treatment and Conditions treated here.
Q. What equipment do you use – how does it work?
Our Clinic provides specialised lithotripsy treatments – using the only dedicated, ultrasound guided machine in Queensland. The Dornier EPOS Ultra equipment is specifically designed to treat shallow depths where the tendons lie and is focused using ultrasound scanning to determine the exact position/depth of the tendon. The machine produces a soundwave through a small water cushion which is then focused onto the tendon area. There is often a small “core” of inflammation that is worse within that area so we also position with patient feedback as to where their pain is usually at its greatest. You may be more familiar with the term ‘Shockwave Treatment’.
You can read in more detail how the Machine works here.
Q. How long does each session take & how many will I need?
Your initial visit includes a detailed consultation to explain exactly what to expect and how it all works. After this consultation you will then proceed with your first treatment, so allow about 45 mins for the first appointment. Each session after that should take approximately 30 minutes per problem area. You will need to allow longer if you require e.g both feet treated as we can only treat one tendon at a time as it focuses specifically on the area of concern.
Q. What does the treatment do to the spur?; Will it go away?
The spur is usually the end product of the problem and NOT the cause of the pain, and therefore has no reason to be removed. The cause of your heel pain is the inflammation which can cause the plantar fascia to swell and can feel like there is a stone bruise or something in it. To get to the root cause of the probem we treat the cause – the inflammation, not just the symptoms.
Q. Will I be able to go back to running/sport?
Our aim is to remove the inflammation / calcium so you can go back to doing normal activities as quickly as possible.
Q. Will I be able to play golf or sport during treatment?
If golf aggravates it in any way then no, you will be asked to stop for a few weeks.
Q. Is it guaranteed to work?
No, nothing in medicine is guaranteed but we do have very good/ consistent success in treating these problems. This is why we continue to get regular referrals from our Doctors and allied heath base. If you have tried other treatments and had no success ask your GP or podiatrist for a referral to Queensland Lithotripsy and call our clinic today.
Q. Will I see improvements each week on the ultrasound screen?
No, most of your improvement happens after completion of treatment, over a few weeks, so we will do follow-up calls to you over a period of weeks post treatment to assess how you are progressing. Should you require further treatment we can discuss this with you at the time.
Q. Why doesn’t my GP know about this?
Our GPs get a vast amount of literature thrown at them each week so it is impossible to read it all. There are thousands of GPs throughout Qld, many of which it is impossible to visit, so word of mouth is very important and we also try to inform them through their GP divisional bases. We also do conferences to help get information to them. We have the top of the range only Ultrasound guided machine in Queensland and we are trying hard to treat as many people as we can. If you yourself, or if you know somebody who needs our services, please get them to contact us.
Q. Is treatment covered through Workcover or Veteran Affairs?
Yes, they will cover on a case by case basis so your doctor will need to get approval for the treatment from them before we can go ahead.
Q. Do I need a referral?
Yes. We do not take self referrals, so a referral from your doctor or allied health professional (physio or podiatrist) is required.
Q. How can I enquire or make a booking?
It is easy to make an Enquiry: telephone us on (07) 3834 6448, or you can complete our Online Enquiry Form. You can make a booking through the enquiry number or by phoning the bookings office on 07 3834 6112.
Please note, we do not take self referrals, so you will need a referral from your Doctor or allied health professional (physio or podiatrist) to make an Appointment with us.
Q. Where are you located?
We are based at Brisbane Private Hospital on the well known medical strip – Wickham Terrace – in Spring Hill, Brisbane.
Click here for a Map and more details on our Location.
Q. Can I find you easy with public transport?
- TRAINS: Trains come into Roma Street and Central stations. Central Station is slightly closer and is approx 10-15 minutes walk from the Hospital, up the hill to Wickham Terrace.
- BUS: Buses come into Adelaide Street mainly, although there is a Free circle line that then takes you up to Wickham Terrace every half hour or so.
Q. 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, down the hill after the hospital on Wickham Terrace – turn left just after the round shaped tower Mill Metro Hotel.