Shock Therapy (ESWT)
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
Radial shockwave therapy uses high pressured acoustic shockwaves that travel through the skin to break down targeted tissue and stimulate tissue repair. Essentially it kick starts the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Shockwave Therapy Is An Effective Treatment Approach
Shockwave therapy is a research proven treatment approach effective in fixing many chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including among other complaints:
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles tendinopathy
• Calcification of the shoulder
• Patella tendinopathy
• Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
• Hamstring tendinopathy
• Shin splints
Shockwave therapy is frequently effective where previous conservative management has failed to resolve notoriously stubborn complaints.
How Soon Will I See Results With Shockwave Therapy?
Most patients experience a small pain reduction and a greater range of movement immediately after the procedure. This is usually temporary and real results are seen after a few days when the injuries begin to heal. Depending on your condition, healing can take weeks to months, however pain relief usually precedes this.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
• Increasing circulation
• Breaking down calcification deposits
• Stimulating fibroblast (soft tissue cells) production – healing ligaments, tendons, muscles…
• Stimulating osteoblast (bone cells) production – healing bone
• Stimulating the “gate-control” mechanism for pain relief
• Inhibiting Cox II Enzyme, producing an anti-inflammatory effect
What Does A Shockwave Therapy Session Involve?
Radial shockwave therapy is a safe, non-invasive procedure. A contact gel is applied to the area, then a hand held probe is applied to the skin. The probe delivers the acoustic waves in a controlled and focused manner for typically 5-10 minutes per injured area.
What Does A Course Of Shockwave Therapy Involve?
A course of shockwave therapy usually consists of weekly treatments for 3-6 weeks, where conditions more chronic or significant in nature are likely to require the longer treatment course.