What is shockwave therapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy as it's known is a modern treatment and rehabilitation of superficial orthopaedic conditions, most commonly tendonopathies, tendonitis and bone spurs to name but a few.
The Shockwave machine triggers a response in the handpiece to deliver a pulsing type effect at the end of the handpiece which is placed on the affected area and radiates through the tissue.
The mechanical stress triggers reactions in the tissue that have a positive influence on a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions, basically it helps to break down damaged tissues and kick-start the healing process in the area.
Does it Hurt?
Different people report immediate feedback from a mild discomfort to a sharp pain. However this is short lived, and as soon as the treatment has finished (10-15mins) the healing process can begin.
What can it be used for?
- Tennis elbow
- Tendonopathies such as Achilles Tendonopathy, shoulder etc.
- Spinal & Neck complaints
- Foot, Ankle Knee & Hip disorders
Advantages of Shockwave Therapy
- Evidence based treatment - It really works
- Fast & effective for chronic conditions
- It's non-invasive
- There's no risk of infection
- NICE approved
- Avoid surgery