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Shockwave therapy

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, (or ESWT), is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, and sports medicine. Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. Together with being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment used to target specific damaged tissues within the abnormal tendon. It is usually given to patients as a second line of treatment if they fail to respond to appropriate physiotherapy or other conservative treatments.

At LycaHealth, we provide free physiotherapy assessments to help identify whether you will need ESWT or whether you will need an alternative treatment. We provide a variety of physiotherapy services – get in contact with our team to book your free physio assessment. You can check our availability and book your ‘free discovery session’ on our online booking portal.

What is ESWT?

ESWT is a type of therapy that is widely used in physical therapy and orthopaedics whose main outcome is rapid pain relief and restoration of mobility. As a non-surgical treatment that does not require painkillers, it is the ideal treatment to provide prompt recovery of a number of acute or chronic conditions.

How does it work?

Shockwaves are high-frequency waves that carry high energy to painful areas in tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. This energy promotes the natural regeneration and reparative processes of the target tissues. The energy is produced by compressed air which is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and then finally into the targeted tissues.

What can it be used for?

ESWT is used in to treat common musculoskeletal conditions such as:

  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Shoulder Tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Plantar Fasciitis

What happens during shockwave therapy?

We will carry out an initial assessment to identify the exact area of pain, where we will then apply a gel to the problem area. A probe delivering shockwaves is pressed onto the skin of the affected area. These energy impulses are shockwaves that spread inside the damaged tissue to initiate an ‘inflammation-like’ response. The body will be prompted to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the damaged tissue.

The ESWT is usually performed at weekly intervals for the best results. Each treatment takes about 20 minutes and you may need 3 – 5 treatment sessions in total, depending on what you are advised. The intensity of shockwaves are likely to be increased through your treatments, starting with a low level during your first treatment and increased to where you remain comfortable.

The shockwaves are not painful, however they may be a little uncomfortable – they are felt as pulses. This procedure does not require any type of sedation or anaesthetic.

Following your ESWT procedure

Once you have received shockwave therapy, you may experience an immediate improvement in symptoms, whilst others may take a few weeks to respond and receive the overall benefit. As a side effect, you may notice a swelling or reddening of the treated area, and few people experience a slight bit of pain. We recommend that one of our GPs reviews your process at around 6-8 weeks to assess your progress.

To find out more information about our shockwave therapy or to book a free physiotherapy assessment at one of our clinics, call us or book online using our online booking portal.

Available at the following clinics

Canary Wharf

0207 132 1440

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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Orpington

01689 490 111

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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At Healthplus Clinics we regularly and successfully treat with Shockwave Therapy:

  • Foot – Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints) & Achilles tendonitis
  • Knee – Patellar tendonitis, jumper’s knee & shin pain
  • Elbow – tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder – rotator cuff tendonitis & calcification
  • Hip – trochanteric bursitis
  • Muscles – various trigger points throughout the body and muscle tension
  • Bones – Stress fractures, non-union (delayed bone healing)
  • Nerves – Morton’s Neuroma

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