Shockwave Treatment

 

Shockwave is a non-invasive treatment modality which stimulates areas of the body to heal itself. The therapy uses ultrasound gel, and a hand-held device is applied outside of the body to introduce energy to the affected painful area. Shockwave therapy can be used, with recent and long-standing conditions. It works by passing short, intense sound waves into the painful area. These cause microtrauma, which increases blood flow and promotes an inflammatory response to aid healing.
Recommended treatment by National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Shockwave is widely used within the sports world by amongst others the Welsh RFU and Premier League Football Clubs.

Effectiveness

 

Shockwave Therapy is clinically proven to work and is used by the top orthopaedic hospitals,  professional athletes, the English Institute of Sport and the NHS. The success rates for treatment outcomes vary depending on the condition being treated.  Studies have shown 90% of patient Achilles tendon issues experience either a full recovery or a significant reduction in their symptoms within 6-8 weeks of treatment. Shockwave therapy has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

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Does it hurt?

 

Shockwave can be mildly uncomfortable or feel slightly prickly over some areas. Many patients report pain relief following the treatment due to the analgesic effect of shockwave therapy. The most important thing to note is not to use anti-inflammatory medication or ibuprofen, ice-packs post-treatment as this may alter the body’s self-healing process.

Conditions treated

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)

  • Mortons neuroma
  • Bursitis (Greater trochanteric, subacromial shoulders, hips and knees
  • Patellar Tendonitis

  • Epicondylitis (Golfers or Tennis Elbow)

  • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin splints)

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Back Pain

Contraindication

 

Whilst Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for most people. Please contact your clinician if you have any of the following:

  • If you are taking Warfarin or any other anti-coagulant drugs

  • If you are under the age of 18

  • You have a pacemaker

  • You are pregnant or trying for a baby

  • You have cancer

  • You have a skin infection

  • You have a circulatory problem or nerve disorder

  • Steroid injection in the last six weeks