Shockwave Therapy – Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)


Shockwave therapy represents an innovative method for the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders, especially when other conservative methods of therapy have failed.  This type of therapy is considered safe, non-invasive, low cost, without the dangers of any surgical procedure and post-operative pain.

Our practitioners are highly professional and will ensure that shockwave therapy is the best choice of treatment for you before starting any treatment.

Shockwave therapy can treat the following:

    Plantar fasciitis

    Achilles tendonitis/tendinopathy

    Tennis or golfers elbow

    Calcific tendonitis/tendinopathy of the shoulder

    Patella tendonitis/tendinopathy

    Hamstring tendinopathy

    Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

    IT Band Syndrome (Iliotibial Tract/Band)

    Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome)

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How does shockwave therapy work?

By varying the intensity and spread of the soundwaves we can target the specific structure to promote healing resulting in a quicker recovery after injury.

This treatment has been shown to increase blood circulation and activity in the cells in the treatment area which in turn speeds up the body’s own healing process.

It works as a course of treatment, generally between 3 and 5 sessions, which are evenly spaced out for best results.


What are the benefits

  • Non-invasive
  • Aids the body’s natural healing process
  • Shockwave may also aid the break down of scar tissue and calcifications

Are There any Side effects to shockwave therapy?

ESWT of the musculoskeletal system has been found to have virtually no serious side effects when used by trained clinicians. In fact even mild side effects such as tingling, aching, redness or bruising are relatively rare mild and transient.  Patients may have increased soreness for 24-48 hours post treatment.

The National Institute for Health and Care (NICE) consider this to be a safe procedure


Treatment Fees

Find out more about our treatment fees. Book online today or call us on 01727 850925.


Contact Information

Clinic Opening Times

Physio2go Ltd, York Lodge, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3HD

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What our patients say...

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

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.   Elaine Reed