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Persistent soft tissue injury?

Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment especially for soft tissue injuries that have been resistant to other treatment methods. 

It  was originally used as a non surgical method to break up kidney stones.  After this success, researchers decided to see if this could benefit other conditions, namely tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. 

What conditions can be treated?

Includes but not limited to:

Tendinopathy/tendinitis

Irritation of the tendon. Most commonly seen in Achilles, Patella, and shoulder

 Plantar fasciitis (Heel pain)

Pain at the sole of the foot associated with increased walking or running. Characterised by morning stiffness and pain with the first few steps after being sat down a while

Shin Splints

Pain along the shin associated with increased walking or running

Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow)

Pain at either the inside or outside of the elbow. Sore to grip or fully extend elbow

Calcific tendinopathy

Calcium deposits in the tendon – most commonly seen in the front or side of the shoulder

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (Hip)

Pain and soreness on the side of the hip (on the “bony bit”). Pain with walking, lying on your side.

How does it work?

Although it’s called shockwave – there are no electric shocks involved at all! The machine sends out short, intense acoustic waves that ripple deep into the tissues, hitting the spot that’s causing you pain! It puts the body into repair mode and kickstarts the body’s natural healing processes.


Hyperstimulation

Much like how ice/heat massage works – adding a therapeutic stimulus has a pain relieving effect meaning you feel and move much better. 

Increased blood flow

New blood vessels begin to form around the painful area bringing healing factors. This effect peaks at four weeks and continues for as long as twelve weeks. 

Collagen synthesis

Ligaments and tendons are formed of a strong fibre called collagen. Shockwave treatment increases the body’s production of collagen increasing the strength of the related tissues. 

Pro-inflammatory 

Short term inflammation is needed for healing. It kick starts the cells into repair mode, restarting that initial healing process. This is why it may feel sore for a few days post treatment similar to that feeling of “being worked on”. 

Bone remodelling

There some evidence that’s shockwave strengthen bones and increases the amount of cartilage. This may provide some benefit to arthritic joints.

How many sessions will I need?

Everyone is different.

Typically, most conditions greatly improve after 4-6 sessions but this depends on how your body responds to the treatment. Whilst the shockwave treatment is an important aspect, the long term benefits lie in effective rehabilitation exercises alongside treatment.

What is shockwave therapy and doe it really work?

Question? – get in contact and we chat things over. 

Want to start the process to feeling better now?

This form of treatment may be unsuitable in those:

  • Pregnant or trying to conceive
  • Take anti coagulants
  • Under the age of 18
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Malignant tumours
  • Nerve or circulation disorders
  • Infections