Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment option in orthopaedic and rehabilitation medicine. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity shock waves (sound waves) to help aid in the healing process. It is very effective and non-invasive. Unlike the name, shock wave therapy does not shock or hurt you. Instead, the waves are used to make your body release growth hormones and increase the blood flow to the affected musculoskeletal areas.
A machine is used to deliver low-intensity shockwaves to the painful/affected area. These waves help to increase the healing process by promoting increased blood flow. This in turn makes sure there is more oxygen in this area and this then aids a faster healing of the tendon and the bone.
Radial Pressure Wave therapy is indicated for conditions that are normally very difficult to treat, and it is now widely used for many therapeutic and wellness applications. The benefits of this include : a reduction in pain, increased metabolism, revascularisation (restoration of blood flow which promotes tissue healing and regeneration), and muscle tone recovery.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance states that Shockwave Therapy has been shown to be used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, most commonly where major connective tissues are attached to bone such as tendonitis.
If you are suffering from a chronic condition affecting your shoulder, elbow, hip or knees, then this could be a perfect solution to the pain that you are almost certainly feeling.
Shockwave therapy does not require anaesthesia and you can continue with your usual activities before and afterwards. Although you may need to refrain from sports activities whilst having treatment. A normal session lasts 20 minutes and usually 3 sessions are required, each one week apart. It is common to experience pain relief immediately after each session but all 3 sessions are required to maximize the healing effect.
Normally, you will experience a significantly smaller level of pain or even no pain at all after your treatment. A couple of days after this, you could get a dull pain that may last for a couple of days. This is a good sign as it shows that your body is starting to heal. You can take non-prescription pain killers such as paracetamol, but you should steer clear of any anti-inflammatory medicine or ice. The latter 2 can interfere with your body’s ability to heal itself.
Generally, we would expect to see a positive outcome following Shockwave Therapy, but there is a chance, however small, that you will be one of the unlucky people whose condition and symptoms are not improved by this treatment.
We recommend that the treatment takes place in 3 sessions, which allows the Shockwave Therapy to treat the different areas of pain. During the initial consultation you will discuss the treatment and the physiotherapist will assess the area of concern. Then the shockwave therapy will be given over the course of 3 sessions. We generally recommend the treatment is conducted over 3 sessions. This allows the radial shockwaves to effectively treat the different areas of pain. The initial consultation is a meeting where the area is assessed and then shockwave therapy is recommended. The treatment is then carried out over 3 sessions.
In some case, patients may require additional sessions.
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