Professionalism in Healthcare is part of our Osteopathic Practice Standards where we must deliver safe and ethical healthcare by interacting with professional colleagues and others in a respectful and timely manner. My Colleagues, myself and the Practice appreciate the servicing of our electrotherapy equipment by Patterson Medical
For example one day the shockwave pellet got slightly jammed in its container – as patient who had been a double shoulder fracture which meant she was in severe pain for months unable to sleep while her Consultant waited to see if her double fracture would heal or require surgery. Her Shoulder Consultant did not allow her to have any intense exercise loading or rehabilitation as she was at high risk of shoulder surgery. For various reasons she was unable to take any strong pain killers She was rather upset to see the shockwave therapy out of action for 24 hours.
Shoulder surgery due to the site of her double fractures Glenohumeral and shaft carried high risk of complications so using gentle hands on principles of gentle osteopathic myofascial hands on release approaches and low dose shockwave therapy for healing and pain reduction, under the observation of her Consultant. She was developing the signs of frozen shoulder but unable to exercise due to risks of non-union healing it was decided to allow her to try her low dose shockwave therapy The outcome has been good – no surgery, full range of movement restored by using the shockwave therapy instead of loading exercises which due to the delicate slow healing of her double fractures of her glenohumeral joint and shaft and stiffness pain could have been a non -union which would have required surgery, metal plates and screws For research in on going into the diversity of shockwave therapy in the hospitals
For the future one hopes for doctors, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals will have access to shockwave therapy combined with all their other skills in the NHS