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June 27, 2019

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Jamie Fullerton
Head Physiotherapist
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Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective non-surgical treatment for soft tissue conditions like plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, tennis and golfers elbow, shin pain and shoulder injuries.

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Also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), this treatment is clinically proven and highly effective in helping chronic soft tissue injuries and some bone conditions.

An extracorporeal shockwave is defined as a non-evasive, non-electrical high energy sound wave that passes through the body via a hand-held probe. The shock waves produce a rapid increase in blood circulation to the target area and will break down fibrous scar tissue which builds up over time, especially with chronic conditions.

The break-down of scar tissue is the key to why shock wave therapy is so effective. Unlike normal elasticated tissue, scar tissue is non-elastic and will prevent normal movement and function, thereby weakening the unaffected tissue surrounding it, often causing further damage and pain. By increasing circulation and breaking down scar tissue, shockwave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. The normal function can then be restored.

Q & A

Will Shockwave therapy help me?

People with chronic pain problems often try various types of unsuccessful treatments. Up to 80% of people worldwide report that Shockwave therapy has helped them eliminate their pain problem.

Does the treatment hurt?

There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment, depending on the level of pain the patient is already experiencing in the area. However, since the treatment lasts only about five minutes, most patients are able to tolerate this discomfort. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments varies depending on the area and tissue response. The effect of the treatment is cumulative, so you will typically need more than one (3–5) treatment. Often you will experience relief right after the first treatment.

How often will I need the treatment?

Most conditions require 3–5 treatments which are carried out 3–10 days apart, depending on your tolerance and tissue response.

Will I feel any pain after the treatment?

Most people will experience an immediate pain relief following the treatment. However, within 2–4 hours after the treatment, they may experience some soreness in the treated area. This soreness has been reported as tolerable and not limiting.

Are there any restrictions after the treatment?

It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, especially one that would involve the treated region, for about 48 hours following each treatment session.

If you’d like to know more about shockwave therapy treatment, give us a quick call on 0151 559 1107 or send us your questions.

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