Shockwave therapy is a very effective treatment modality used by specially trained therapists, sports physicians and orthopaedic surgeons in line with NICE guidelines.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical modality that works by delivering rapid impulses of energy which is targeted to specific damaged tissue such a abnormal tendon structure and calcified tendons via a specific applicator. This appears to induce an increased blood flow within the treated area while stimulating cell regeneration and repair and also reducing local factors that can cause pain.
How does it actually work?
The therapist will ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your condition and may run through a number of specific questions with you to inform the settings for the treatment session.
A probe is pressed against your skin over the affected area and the impulses are delivered through the skin and spread through the tissue as a shockwave which initiate an inflammation type response in the affected tissue which prompts your body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and hence improving metabolism.
How does it feel?
The shockwaves are felt as pulses that can be slightly uncomfortable but not painful. The treatment will be started at a low intensity and only increased when appropriate and with your consent. This is now the non-surgical option for a number of conditions that previously may have required surgery.
What conditions is it recommended for?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
- Trochenteric Bursitis
- Patella Tendinopathy (Jumpers Knee)
- Calcific Shoulder Tendinopathy
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Medial Tibial Periostitis (Shin Splints)
Is Shockwave covered by my private medical insurance?
As shockwave is recommended for the above conditions by NICE most private insurers will now cover these protocols but please always check first and obtain written confirmation. Private self funding programs are also available and treatment courses start at ??120