Shockwave Therapy the Safe Treatment Option: Patient Guide
Non-surgical solutions to persistent problems
Shockwave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive technology that delivers sound waves to afflicted areas of the body and aids recovery. Shockwave Therapy is no longer the preserve of the sporting elite! It has become widely accepted in clinical practice for the treatment of chronic soft tissue injuries. Results for treating chronic tendinopathies and chronic muscle injuries are seen through improved range of movement and reduction of pain.
What is the history of Shockwave Therapy?
Long story short – Shockwave therapy was first created in the 1970’s and was initially used as a treatment method for kidney stones. Using this method meant more and more people were avoiding the need for a painful, invasive surgery, and the same goes for musculo-skeletal conditions today.
Is Shockwave Therapy clinically proven?
Shockwave Therapy Machines are clinically proven, recognised by the top orthopaedic hospitals and used by high profile professional sports bodies such as the English Institute of Sport, UK Athletics, Welsh Rugby Union and many Premiere League football clubs.
What are Shockwaves?
Shock waves are high-energy, audible sound waves. In medicine, shock waves have been used since 1980 among other things for the dissolution of kidney stones. In rehabilitation therapy, shockwaves are transmitted to the area to accelerate healing. SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (ESWT) involves passing short, intense sound waves into affected tissues, which increases blood flow, has an analgesic effect and stimulates repair and regeneration. The treatment puts the cells into repair mode and allows your body to restart its own accelerated healing process.
Is Shockwave Therapy ESWT safe?
Yes. It has NICE guidance and FDA approval for a large number of indications. shockwave Therapy performed by qualified therapists is a largely risk-free and side-effect-free method of treating musculo-skeletal conditions and chronic pain.
What conditions can Shockwave Therapy ESWT treat?
Common treatments are as follows but are not limited to:
Achilles tendon and heel pain
Plantar Fasciitis (heel spur)
Knee and shin pain
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s / runners Knee)
Tibial edge syndrome (shin splints)
Elbow and arm pain
Epicondylitis (tennis or golfer elbow)
Shoulder and neck pain
Periarticular shoulder pain
Chronic neck and shoulder pain
Tendinosis Calcarea (calcific tendinitis)
Dorsalgia (chronic back pain)
Non healing bones
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