Shockwave therapy for pain
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment which is helpful in providing pain relief for patients suffering from a number of common painful orthopaedic conditions or sports injuries.
How does it work?
The treatment works by applying energetic (not electrical) shockwaves to the painful area. The shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcifications as well as initiating increased blood circulation to the area which in turn accelerates the body's own healing processes.
What conditions can be treated?
Shockwave therapy can be used to treat chronic tendon inflammations in the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, Achilles and sole of the foot. It is recommended for conditions such as heel pain (plantar fasciitis), tennis elbow, tendonitis of the shoulder, tendinopathies of the Achilles tendon, hamstring and patella as well as other painful areas like trochanteric bursitis.
What happens at a treatment session?
Your therapist will locate the painful area by palpation, or in some cases using ultrasound, then apply a contact gel before administering the shockwaves. The procedure is non invasive, virtually painless and results in significant pain relief eight to ten days after the first treatment.
Generally, one to three sessions are required but your therapist will discuss an appropriate treatment plan with you. Each treatment session lasts approximately ten minutes.
How successful is treatment?
Documented international results show an overall success rate of 77% for chronic conditions that have not been cured with other treatment methods. It is, however, important to be aware that whilst we would expect a positive clinical outcome, there is a chance that treatment may not improve your symptoms. Likewise it may take several months before maximum effect is achieved.