The most effective treatment with a fast & safe recovery.
Many people suffer from painful tendon problems, and although physiotherapy, oral analgesia or local steroid injections can provide some relief, often surgery has been the only available alternative for chronic sufferers.
Shock wave therapy is an innovative and non-invasive treatment, proven to be a cost effective solution for conditions such as plantar fasciitis , heel pain (Achilles tendonopathy) and knee pain (patella tendonopathy). In fact, in medical studies a success rate of 90% has been reported in cases of Plantar Fasciitis and a 75% success rate for Achilles Tendonopathy.
Originally introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones, the use of shock waves or radical pressure waves (RPW) has now been successfully extended to other therapeutic and wellness applications.
The effectiveness of the treatments for specific conditions has been reviewed & accepted by both NICE (National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence), and FDA (US Food & Drug Administration). Furthermore, the use of shock wave therapy is now supported by many medical insurance companies. If you are planning to fund treatment through insurance, please check your policy details.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Shock wave therapy is a series of energetic shock waves applied to the area that needs treating. A shock wave is a purely mechanical wave and not an electric one, and initiates an inflammation-like condition in the tissue that is being treated.
The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the area, which in turn speeds up the body’s own healing process. The shock wave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the equipment. The shock wave radiates out, extending to the entire area where pain occurs.
Does it hurt?
There is only slight discomfort associated with the treatment. However this quickly diminishes as the inherent pain inhibiting effect of the shock waves take hold. The intensity can be moderated to accommodate an individual’s tolerance.
Are there any side effects?
As with any treatment, some slight side effects may be noticeable. Fortunately, shock wave therapy has very mild side effects and these usually fade & disappear within 3 – 5 days.
Side effects may include:
- Soreness over the treatment site
- Reddening of the skin over the treatment site
- Mild swelling may appear over the area treated
How many treatments will I require?
A standard treatment cycle lasts 4 – 6 sessions, scheduled at 5 – 10 day intervals.
When will I see improvement?
Initial improvement can be noticed after a couple of treatments and should continue throughout the treatment cycle. The positive effects of shock wave treatment can continue to be felt for up to 12 weeks after the last session.
Treatment time: 45 minutes
Cost per session £40