What is Shockwave therapy ?
Shockwave therapy (otherwise known as Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy- ESWT) is an evidence based and highly effective treatment option for tendon pain. The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure waves
Current research reports success rates between 65% and 91% in reducing pain after 3-5 sessions with an overall success rate of between 60% to 80% for a range of tendon pathologies.
Shockwave Therapy acts by accelerating tissue repair and cell growth, giving an analgesic effect, and restoring mobility.
Shockwave Therapy can be used in the treatment of most tendon and fascia problems to relieve pain and stimulate healing but is specifically indicated in the treatment of:
- Heel Pain – Plantar fasciitis/Plantarfasciopathy
- Tennis and Golfers elbow
- Shoulder pain – calcified tendons, sub acromial pain syndrome, impingement
- Outer Hip Pain- gluteal tendinopathy
- Hamstring tendon problems
- Knee pain – runners knee / anterior knee pain / patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Achilles tendinopathy/tendon pain.
Does it hurt?
You may feel discomfort to begin with, however due to the analgesic effect many patients will feel relief following the treatment. It is common to experience some redness of the skin after treatment and occasionally bruising if your skin is sensitive.
Shockwave is approved and recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and has been shown to be safe and effective.