Shockwave Therapy- What is it!?
Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy is a procedure where shock waves are passed through the skin to the painful part of the body, using a special device. Extracorporeal means outside of the body. The shockwaves produced during treatment are mechanical and not electric; they are audible, low energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow and creating physiological changes in the injured area. This accelerates the body’s healing process. You will usually require a course of three treatments, one to two weeks apart.
Shockwave therapy is offered to patients with resistant tendinopathies and myofascial pain including;
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Plantar Fasciititis
- Heel Spurs
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Patella Tendinopathy/ jumpers knee
- Gluteal Tendinopathy (Lateral hip pain syndrome)
- Shin Splints/ Medial tibial stress syndrome
- Myofascial (Muscular trigger point) pain.
Why Shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is the next step if conservative treatments such as physiotherapy, Osteopathy or Chiropractic treatment, exercises, rest, ice therapy and painkillers have already been tried. It is a minimally invasive treatment that is carried out on an outpatient basis meaning you can continue life as normal the same day. Shockwave can offer relief from pain and other symptoms associated with chronic/ long term conditions.
The benefits include;
- No anaesthesia
- Non invasive
- No medication
- No surgery
- Fast treatment
- Fewer complications
- Virtually painless after treatment
- Quick recovery and quick results
Are there any risks or side effects with shockwave therapy?
You will experience some pain during the treatment, but you should be able to tolerate this. Following the treatment, you may experience redness, bruising, swelling and numbness around the treatment area. These side effects should resolve within a week, before your next treatment.
The National Institute of Health Care Excellent (nice.org) – the body who helps set best practices within the NHS – has declared extracorporeal shock wave therapy to be safe and initial trials show positive results;
Send us an email or give us a call if you have any further queries or fears regarding shockwave therapy treatment. We are based in East Sheen, West London SW14.