What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy is a multidisciplinary device which is is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions.It is a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers or anti inflammatories that speeds up recovery particularly for injuries that haven’t responded to other forms of conservative care.
It has a success rate of about 70-80%, so it does not work for everyone, but does help most people even when other treatments have failed.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave Therapy is a 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 removal 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 removing scar tissue, shock wave therapy will stimulate cell regeneration and promote normal healing and rapid reduction of pain. Normal function can then be restored.
What Does Shockwave Therapy Treat?
Shockwave therapy is used to treat a range of conditions. It is particularly used for treating chronic tendon injuries that haven’t responded well to other forms of treatment and where surgery is the next option.
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathies
- Calcific Rotator Cuff
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Shin Splints
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Hip Bursitis
- Osgood Schlatters
- Trigger Finger
- Heel Spur
To find out if Shockwave Therapy is right for you contact our specialist Guy Falco.