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Shockwave Therapy (also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, ESWT)
Shockwave Therapy is a clinically proven treatment for soft tissue injuries. A shockwave is defined as a sound wave that passes through the body. Treatment initiates an inflammatory response in the tissue where the shockwaves have been applied.
The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the target area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing process. The shockwaves also break down injured tissue and calcifications.
The evidence shows that ESWT works best when performed over three to six sessions, at weekly intervals.
Which areas of the body can Shockwave Therapy be used?
- Lateral Epicondylopathy (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylopathy (Golfers Elbow)
- Plantar Fasciitis (Policeman’s heel)
- Achilles Tendinopathy (even insertional)
- Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumpers Knee)
- Calcific Tendinopathy of the shoulder (usually supraspinatus tendon)
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome/ Trochanteric Bursitis/ Gluteus Medius Tendinopathy
- Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy
Benefits of the Treatment:
- No anaesthesia
- No medication
- Fast treatment (20 minutes per session), 3-6 sessions required
- Fewer complications
- Significant clinical benefit often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment
What is the success rate for Shockwave Therapy?
Documented international results show an overall result rate of 77% of chronic conditions that have not been cured with other kinds of treatment. However, there is a chance that the treatment may not improve your symptoms. A review at 12 weeks is recommended following your final treatment. If symptoms persist you will be advised of alternative treatment/surgery by our Sports Physician.
Advantages of Shockwave Therapy
Patients with disorders which fail to respond to conservative treatment are candidates for shockwave therapy and often makes surgery unnecessary.
Having the shockwave treatment can sometimes be uncomfortable, but there is usually immediate pain relief following the treatment and hence improved movement. Reported side effects are minimal, however, there may be some skin reddening and possible bruising.