Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy ?

Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment option in orthopaedic and rehabilitation medicine. The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. In modern pain therapy, shockwave energy is conducted from the point of origin – the shockwave generator – to the painful body regions, where it applies its healing capacities.

Shockwave Therapy is an effective treatment of the following:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Patella tendinopathy
  • Hip pain (bursitis trochanterica)
  • Shoulder tendinopathy
  • Other tendon related conditions

How treatment works:

A certain number of shocks are applied to the symptomatic area. The shocks last between 3-5 minutes in total, this will be combined with other modalities depending on the condition.

Your therapist will describe to you what will be happening and what you should feel throughout the treatment.

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EST) is clinically proven to treat patients who are suffering with a range of soft tissue conditions. This highly effective therapy accelerates healing by placing a hand-held device over the injury, the device then delivers radial shockwaves which will initiate an inflammation like response to the injured tissue, regenerating blood vessels and speeding up the healing process whilst relieving pain. 

We recommend 3 sessions, spaced 7-10 days apart. Patients can expect to feel a 30% improvement after the first session but full recovery can take up to 3 months.

As with all our treatments we advise that you speak to a member of our physio team to discuss if this treatment is suitable for your injuries.