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SHOCKWAVE THERAPY

SHOCKWAVE  THERAPY/ EXTRACORPORAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (ESWT)

Shockwave machine

What is shockwave therapy?

Therapeutic shock waves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones without causing skin injury over 20 years ago.

Over the years it has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of chronic tendinopathies.

With the machines available today a heavy, electromagnetically accelerated, ballistic projectile transfers its kinetic energy to a transmitter head in the hand-piece. The kinetic energy is transformed into impact energy in the applicator head. Shockwaves result and spread out radially from the contact area into the desired treatment region of the body

 

How does it work?

  • Pain reduction: the intensive pulses transmitted from the hand piece to the tissue help inhibit the transmission of the pain signal
  • Increased metabolism: shock waves influence the tissue on a cellular level, promoting the release of pain inhibiting and inflammatory inhibiting substances
  • Revascularisation: repeated shock waves influence the blood flow, promoting tissue healing and regeneration
  • Reduced muscle tone: shock waves help restore a normalized muscular tone by reducing the impact of pain on muscle tone

 

Side effects

Patients may find that they have increased soreness for 24-48 hours post treatment. Side-effects such as tingling, aching, redness, or bruising are relatively rare, mild, and transient.

 

Conditions that can be treated

Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder

Plantar fasciitis

Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

Patella tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis

Refractory greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Refractory proximal hamstring tendinopathy

 

Cost

Individual session             £90

Package (5 sessions)       £400

 

Testimonial

I had been suffering from Achilles tendonitis and was not making much improvement after over a year of traditional physiotherapy.  Fiona suggested trying shockwave therapy and I was happy to give it a try.  I had been warned that it could be painful but I didn’t find it too bad and Fiona checked that I was ok before adjusting the intensity.  In the first session it felt a bit like tiny hammers hitting my tendon, but after that it was less intense.  After 4 treatments, Fiona decided I didn’t need any more and 2 months later I am still pain free.  I am glad I tried it. ER