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Shockwave Therapy

Use of high intensity shock waves (sound waves) to help aid in the healing process – A modern approach in Physiotherapy.

Shockwave Therapy

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 the Your own body release growth factors and increase the blood flow to the affected musculoskeletal areas.

A machine is used to deliver low-intensity shockwave (sound waves) to the painful/affected area. These waves help to increase the healing process by promoting increased blood flow which oxygenates the area and aids faster healing of the tendon and the bone.

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Radial Pressure Wave therapy is indicated for conditions that are normally very difficult to treat, and is now widely used for many therapeutic and wellness applications. Benefits of radial pressure waves include: pain reduction (Gate Control theory), increased metabolism, as shockwaves influence the tissues on a cellular level, revascularization effect, where the renewed blood flow promotes tissue healing and regeneration, and muscle tone recovery.

In the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance, 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.

People suffering from a range chronic and very difficult conditions to revolving which centre around major joints like the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knees can now see pain relief in sight.

Shockwave therapy does not require anaesthesia and you can continue with your usual activities. 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.

The National Institute of Health Care Excellence (NICE) has declared extracorporeal shock wave therapy to be safe and initial trials show positive results

NICE on extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory Achilles tendinopathy

NICE on shockwave therapy for refractory plantar fasciitis

NICE on shockwave therapy for refractory tennis elbow

Treatable Conditions

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis / Heel pain
  • Patella Tendinitis
  • Golfers and Tennis Elbow
  • Certain type of back pain
  • Myofascial Trigger points
  • Shoulder impingement and Calcifications
  • Shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome
  • Trochanteric - Insertional tendonitis

What should I expect after the treatment?

You will normally experience a reduced level of pain or no pain at all immediately after the treatment but a mild and diffuse pain can occur a few hours later. This dull pain can last for a day or two. Shockwave therapy initiates a pro-inflammatory condition in the tissue that is being treated. If necessary you may take non-prescription pain killers such as paracetemol, but do not take anti-inflammatory medication, or use ice on the treated area as these interfere with the body’s self healing abilities.

It is important to highlight that we would expect positive clinical outcomes following treatment, however there is a chance that RSWT treatment may not improve your symptoms.

If you would like to speak to any of us about the treatment then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01795 60 60 66

Three Season Course

The recommended medical treatment is conducted over three sessions. This allows the radial shockwaves to effectively treat the pain centres. The initial consultation is £45, where the patient will be assessed. The treatment is then carried out over three sessions at an introductory rate of £270. Payment is to be paid at the time of the first treatment.

In some cases patients may require additional treatments, the cost is £90 for each session. Please contact one of the clinics to book your appointment..

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Wear the right equipment for sports injury prevention

Having the proper equipment, such as footwear, is also important to avoiding sports injuries. Shoes that have adequate support and fit properly are a must, as is having the correct shoes for each activity. This can aid in prevention of several conditions, such as heel spurs, sprained ankles, and shin splints.

Don’t push yourself too hard, too fast

Having the proper equipment, such as footwear, is also important to avoiding sports injuries. Shoes that have adequate support and fit properly are a must, as is having the correct shoes for each activity. This can aid in prevention of several conditions, such as heel spurs, sprained ankles, and shin splints.

Wear the right equipment for sports injury prevention

Having the proper equipment, such as footwear, is also important to avoiding sports injuries. Shoes that have adequate support and fit properly are a must, as is having the correct shoes for each activity. This can aid in prevention of several conditions, such as heel spurs, sprained ankles, and shin splints.

Don’t push yourself too hard, too fast

Having the proper equipment, such as footwear, is also important to avoiding sports injuries. Shoes that have adequate support and fit properly are a must, as is having the correct shoes for each activity. This can aid in prevention of several conditions, such as heel spurs, sprained ankles, and shin splints.

Know your pain

FAQ's

General

We advise that you arrive 5-10 minutes early for your first appointment to allow time to complete registration documents. Your therapist will then greet you from reception and take you through to the consultation room where you will be asked your reason for attending, the nature and history of your condition and any details that may be relevant to your assessment or treatment. The therapist will then do a detailed assessment on you to arrive at a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, the therapist will explain the findings and outline a treatment plan. If there is time, treatment will be given as part of your first session.

We generally advise that you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. We also suggest that you wear/bring shorts for hip, knee or back problems. You may be asked to remove one or more items of clothing to enable the therapist to assess your condition. Any clients wishing to bring a chaperone are more than welcome.

The follow up sessions generally last for 30 minutes. During the follow up session, we discuss the progress with you and alter the management plan if needed, after discussing with you various options of treatment available.

Everyone is different and responds differently to treatment. In the majority of cases, we would expect to see symptoms eased after the first session but in other cases it may take a few sessions to really notice a difference. It is important to note that on some occasions, your symptoms may become temporarily aggravated following a session. This is a normal reaction, particular if your injury is quite acute. It is nothing to be worried about but is important to feedback to your therapist so treatment can be adjusted in subsequent sessions.

Reach Us

We have 5 allocated parking spaces including one disabled car parking space. The disabled car park space is right in front of the entrance to the clinic building. Our Clinic benefit from visitor car parking spaces around the estate.

Should you wish to cancel your appointment, we ask that you give us at least 24 hours’ notice so that we can offer the slot to someone else. For late cancellations, we reserve the rights to charge you for the full cost of the appointment.

We are able to bill your insurance provider directly but the contract for payment is held with the individual client. Should the insurance company refuse to pay; the client will be asked to settle the account in full. In order for us to bill your insurance provider, we simply need the name of the policy holder, your membership or policy number and authorisation code. We also need to know details of excess and treatment limitations prior to starting your course of treatment. We are recognised by all major medical insurers. Please ask us for a full list. If we are not recognised by your insurer, we may be able to apply for recognition so please ask.

Payment & Policy

We currently accept cheques, cash and debit or credit card payments (we do not accept american express). We can also take payments over the phone and will shortly be introducing web payments so you can pay as you book to make it even more convenient for you.

If for any reason you are unhappy with the service you have received, please do not hesitate to email us at admin@xcelhealth.co.uk Our practice manager will get back to you within 2 working days. We take all complaints very seriously and use the feedback to improve our service for all clients.

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