Orthopaedics / Soft Tissue FAQ's


Coming Into Hospital

1.    Please take any medication as normal unless asked otherwise. 

2.    Do not bring any valuables with you. 

3.    If you are, or think you may be pregnant, take Warfarin, Heparin, Plavix (blood thinning drugs), or are diabetic, please let us know before your treatment. 

What Do I Need to Bring?

1.    Reading material etc. 

2.    Any routine medication you may need to take during your visit

What Will Happen?

After reporting to the reception, you will be escorted to a waiting area. A simple checklist will be completed, the procedure will be explained, and you may be asked to sign a consent form. Any further questions you have will be answered.
When it is your turn for treatment, you will go into the treatment room and meet the Senior Radiographer who will position you in a chair or on our specialised treatment couch. A little gel will be applied to your skin, and care will be taken to ensure you are comfortable.
Once the treatment starts you will hear a `clicking' sound, and feel a sensation often described as though you were being flicked on the skin with an elastic band. Treatment usually lasts about 10-15 minutes for soft tissue conditions.
Most patients describe treatment as being slightly uncomfortable.
After your treatment, you should be well enough to go home.

What to Expect After Treatment

1.    You may experience slight reddening of the skin or bruising over the treatment area. This is quite normal and is nothing to be concerned about. 

2.    Try to rest the treated area and apply ice-packs if needed, to alleviate any discomfort. 

3.    Between 1-3 treatments may be required dependant on the size and density of the stone.