What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a new technology that uses high-pressured acoustic waves to stimulate chronic injuries to heal. Shockwaves have been shown to decrease pain and inflammation within 8-12 weeks for various injuries.
What Injuries Can It Be Used For?
Shockwave has been shown to be most effective for tendinitis/tendinopathy related pain but can also be used for a variety of joint and bone related problems. Ideally the injury should be longstanding at over 6 months in duration.
Common areas treated include:
- Tennis Elbow
- Calcific Tendinitis (Supraspinatus)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Patella Tendinitis/Jumpers Knee
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
Is It Safe?
Yes. Shockwave is very safe and is recommended by NICE guidelines for a number of conditions.
Does It Hurt?
The treatment can be fully adjusted to your individual preference. The treatment is most effective when patients experience moderate discomfort but many people report a feeling of a deep ache rather than pain.
How Long Until I See Results?
Most people will report at least a 70% improvement in symptoms at 8-12 weeks, with many people feeling improvements after just 3 sessions.
How Many Treatments?
A typical treatment protocol is 3 treatments at weekly intervals. Depending on the severity of the injury some people require a further 3 additional treatments. Each treatment lasts approximately 5-10 minutes.
Are there Different Types Of Shockwave?
Yes. It is important when choosing shockwave therapy that the machine used is FDA approved. We only use the gold standard FDA approved EMS swiss dolorclast device as used in NICE guideline research.