Shockwave treatment is a non-invasive therapeutic intervention for the treatment of a range of soft tissue disorders, helping to improve blood supply, increase cell proliferation and tissue repair. Patients benefit from effective results without the need for invasive surgical procedures and postoperative pain.
What is ESWT or Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy describes a form of non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment which works by delivering impulses of energy targeted to specific injured soft tissue structures to offer effective pain relief and accelerate the healing process. This form of treatment is often referred to as shockwave therapy, as the term extracorporeal itself, simply means outside of the body.
Shockwave therapy is a frequently opted form of treatment not only in physiotherapy clinics but also in other disciplines such as orthopaedics, urology, sports medicine and veterinary medicine.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
This type of therapy provides a mechanical rather than electrical form of energy; when applied to the affected area, it delivers low energy, audible sound waves which pass through the skin and increase localised blood flow. The treatment essentially works by causing minor trauma to the tissue, this prompts the body to initiate the healing process and send blood and nutrients to the affected area which provides a faster healing rate and pain relief.
The treatment is applied by means of a probe which is pressed onto the skin to deliver shock waves to the affected area, subsequently triggering the body’s anti-inflammatory response and increasing the blood flow to the area.
Is It Painful?
Some people may experience mild discomfort during the application, it is not however, commonly described as a painful treatment.
What Can Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Treat?
Shockwave therapy can be used for the following treatments:
- Heel Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendon Pain
- Anterior Knee Pain (patella tendinopathy)
- Shoulder Tendonitis / tendinopathy
- Shin Splints
- Gluteal tendonitis / tendinopathy
- Elbow tendonitis / tendinopathy – golfers or tennis elbow
- Hamstring or quadriceps tendonitis / tendinopathy
Can Anyone Be Treated?
Although this form of treatment is suitable for many people, there are some exceptions where shockwave therapy is unsuitable, such as for pregnant women, pre-existing health conditions and people taking certain medications. Suitability will be discussed with a healthcare professional prior to any form of treatment.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The number of sessions needed usually depends on the individual, the average, however, is around 3 sessions at 1 to 2-week intervals.
Some people may notice some redness and swelling following treatment, there may also be some tenderness. Others may notice an immediate improvement, although for many it may take several weeks to achieve noticeable results.
Prices and Insurance Cover
ProPhysiotherapy is registered to provide Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy by all major insurers including, BUPA, WPA, AXA, AVIVA, Vitality and Cigna. In order to ensure your policy covers this particular service, pre-authorisation will be required from the insurer.
This service is also available to patients without insurance. We advise a minimum number of 3 treatments initially for any kind of marked improvement.
|Price||Length of Treatment|
|Self pay: £100.00||30 minutes|
|Insurance: Pricing varies: speak with your insurance company||30 minutes|
How To Book
Booking a treatment could not be more straightforward, simply get in touch and a member of our professional team will be able to advise on the best course of treatment for you.
Telephone: 020 88791555