New shockwave therapy offers relief to patients

A new non-surgical procedure called shockwave therapy is now available at The Physiotherapy Centre for patients suffering from long-standing and persistent tendon pain in the hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, Achilles, forearms, shins, back and feet.

Shockwave therapy, which is also known as Extra Corporal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), produces acoustic sound waves which result in the sending of mechanical impulses through the body’s tissues to the affected tendon.

This stimulates an inflammation type reaction to restart the healing process. It can also provide immediate pain relief by desensitising the nervous system around the affected area.

Jo Hounsome, Team Leader says: “We are excited to have been able to invest in top of the range shockwave therapy equipment which means we can offer our patients a medically proven, non-surgical treatment option. 

“Studies have reported success rates of 70% for treating problems with tendons. Plantar fasciitis, which is sometimes referred to as policeman’s heel, is a really common complaint that responds very well to a course of shockwave therapy. 

”For the best results, sessions are best conducted at one to two week intervals. We find that most conditions require 3-5 sessions of shockwave therapy and while a patient will often start to feel the benefits after the first session, the significant clinical benefit comes 6-8 weeks after treatment. For patients who have been suffering with their condition for months, this treatment can be a real investment in their quality of life.”

For all conditions, shockwave therapy is most effective when it is combined with a progressive exercise programme to strengthen the local and supporting muscle groups. Our physiotherapists can create bespoke programmes for your condition. 

See our shockwave therapy page for more information about this service.