Shockwave Therapy

sw-1.jpgWhat Is Shockwave Therapy?

Radial Pressure Wave Shockwave Therapy (RPSWT) is a non-invasive treatment for soft tissue injuries. Radial pressure waves directed to the site of the injury produce localised physiological effects which relieve pain and promote tissue repair by activating the body's natural healing processes.

Can Shockwave Therapy Work For You?

sw 2Clinical research and trials have shown that RPW Shockwave Therapy is effective in treating problems that have failed other forms of treatment and there are NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines for its use. It is particularly suitable for treating chronic tendon injuries including:

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
  • Tennis elbow and golfers elbow
  • Patellar tendinopathy (Jumper's knee)
  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome (Runner's knee)
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy and calcification

There are studies that show that RSW therapy is more effective when combined with rehabilitation exercises.
Our Physiotherapists will be able to advise you whether this treatment would be suitable for your condition.

What Is Involved?

  • 3 to 6 Sessions with a 5-10 day interval, is the most common
  • Initial treatment success can be evaluated after 3-4 sessions
  • Additional improvement can be noted for up to 3 months
  • Dosage is dependent on the lesion and choice of transducer head
  • Treatment is targeted and intense and it takes approximately 7 minutes to deliver the required dose. We often treat associated myofascial trigger points so treatment sessions may be long

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Are There Any Side Effects?

Radial Shockwave Therapy is non-damaging and there are very few adverse effects compared with invasive treatments such as injections or surgery. Possible reddening, swelling, pain, haematoma (bruising), petechia (red spots) would usually resolve within a few days and prior to your next treatment.

What Does The Treatment Cost?

The use of Radial Pressure Shockwave Therapy was incorporated within the scope of practice of Physiotherapists in 2012 and has now become more affordable. Each treatment costs £43.

Does Private Medical Insurance Cover Treatment?

Some health insurers may not cover the cost of this treatment for your specific condition. Please check with your health insurance company prior to your appointment.
How Do I Book An Appointment?

Please call our reception staff on 01234 351411 to make an initial appointment. If you would like more information please ask to speak to one of our Physiotherapists or contact us by email.