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What are Shockwaves?
Shock waves are audible high-energy soundwaves. In the medical world, shock waves have been used since 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones.
In modern pain therapy, low-energy shock waves are applied to the painful body regions where they can exert their curative action. Shock waves can accelerate the healing process in the body, they stimulate metabolism and improve blood circulation; damaged tissue can regenerate and fully heal.
Many years of experience have confirmed that certain pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones – in other words the root causes of your pain – can be eliminated systematically with this therapy approach.
If performed by qualified therapists, extra-corporeal shock wave therapy of musculoskeletal pain has minimal risks and side effects.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment where a hand-held device is applied outside the body, introducing energy to painful areas and promoting the body to heal itself.
Regardless of the cause; injuries can be debilitating and, if left untreated, may affect your daily life. Shockwave is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment option for a wide variety of conditions with no downtime.
In having a long-term injury many people think that surgery is their only option to get better but there is risk involved and a long recovery time associated with this. “Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) offers two main advantages over traditional surgical methods: fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.” FDA
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Shock Wave Therapy Helps With:
Impingement, tendonitis, calcifications and frozen shoulder are all causes of painful shoulder and can lead to severe pain in the sufferer. Shockwave therapy can be used as an alternative to steroid injections or invasive surgeries and will significantly reduce pain in just a few sessions.
Calcifying tendonitis is caused by the build up of calcium deposits on the rotator cuff tendons. This leads to pain in the area as well as a reduction in movement. This chronic painful disorder can be effectively treated with shockwave therapy. The sound waves transmitted to the area cause controlled microtrauma to the calcific tendon, as well as aiding the break down and reabsorption of these fragments.
Shockwave therapy will also speed up the body’s natural healing process, whilst also eliminating pain and symptoms quickly and efficiently.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is a condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded. Pain begins on the outside of your elbow and can spread to the wrist and forearm. Shockwave therapy can provide quick and effective noninvasive pain relief to the area and significantly reduces the recovery time in patients.
The hip area can often present overuse pain that is overlooked and left untreated. It can be caused by tears in tendons or typically arises from degenerative issues such as cartilage wearing down.
The body’s natural healing process is accelerated through use of Shockwave therapy, and this combined with the reduction of inflammation will help to relieve pain for the sufferer.
Repetitive and persistent activities can place tremendous strain on tendons, leading to ongoing pain in the muscle insertions. Shockwave therapy can be used to initiate repair of the inflamed tissue and speed up the healing process by effectively increasing blood flow to the affected areas.
Jumper’s knee (Patellar Tendonitis) is a painful condition caused by small tears in the patellar tendon, through overuse. Commonly a sports-related injury, it is difficult to treat and as well as causing tremendous pain will heavily reduce function and performance in athletes.
Shockwave therapy is a gentle treatment that can help eliminate pain and significantly reduces recovery time in patients, meaning they can be pain free and back to sport in just a few sessions.
Shin Splints (Medial tibial stress syndrome) is a progressive stress disorder caused by an excessive amount of force being placed on bones, muscles and joints of the legs. Pain is felt on the front of the leg and is caused by inflammation of the tissues due to stresses placed on the shin bone.
The use of Shockwave therapy will avoid the need of steroid injections or invasive surgeries and is used to greatly reduce recovery time by lessening inflammation and speeding up the healing process.
Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the achilles tendon. It is thought to be caused by repeated microtrauma and overloading of the area. Where the tendon doesn’t have time to heal, damage builds up and tendinopathy can develop.
The application of shockwave therapy to the area can treat the inflammation of the tendon whilst increased blood circulation and activity in the cells will stimulate the body’s natural rate of healing.
Heel spurs are a pointy growth on the bone of the heel, caused when a calcium deposit builds up, normally due to overuse and overloading of the plantar fascia (band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot).
Whilst some people can live without knowing they have heel spurs; some can cause significant pain due to inflammation developing in the surrounding area. Shockwave therapy can be hugely effective in altering calcified tendon tissue and bone as well is encouraging a faster healing process through increased blood flow to the area.
After only 1 – 2 treatment sessions, most patients report complete pain relief or significant pain reduction. Statistics vary based on the condition being treated – varying from 60-90% success rate.
Studies have shown 90% of patients with Achilles Tendonitis (Heel pain) will experience a full recovery or significant reduction in their pain and injury.
You may experience some discomfort during treatment, but the pain should be tolerable. Due to the analgesic effect of Shockwave Therapy many patients report immediate pain relief following treatment.
If you experience pain after treatment you may use ordinary non-prescription painkillers such as paracetamol. Do not use anti-inflammatory medication or Ibuprofen as both may interfere with the body’s self-healing process
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
- Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfers Elbow)
- Periarticular Shoulder Pain
- Tendinosis Calcarea (Calcific Tendonitis)
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (Hip)
- Back Pain
Each treatment session varies between 10 – 30 minutes. The amount of treatment sessions will vary dependant on the type of shockwave used and conditions being treated.
As a general rule 3 – 6 treatment sessions is advised. As this is encouraging the body to heal itself your body will progress in the healing process even 2-3 months after treatment has stopped.
Yes. It has NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance for a large number of indications and is used within the NHS. Shockwave Therapy performed by qualified therapists is largely risk-free.
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