Shockwave therapy uses an acoustic wave as a means of transmitting energy to stimulate blood vessel and nerve growth thus helping heal and regenerate tissue. Shockwave therapy is an established and effective treatment for soft-tissue injuries. It is non-invasive and non-surgical.
Is my condition suitable for shockwave therapy?
Research has shown that there is approximately an 80% success rate for improvement in outcomes in using shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy can be used for numerous conditions such as:
Muscle pain and disorders
Is shockwave for everyone?
Whilst not intended to constitute a definitive list, shockwave should not be used or used with caution in patients with the following:
Recent corticosteroid injection
Vascular / circulation disorders
on blood-thinning medications
Over growth plates in younger patients
How many treatments will I need?
While improvements are often seen after the first session, the effectiveness of the treatment is cumulative. For full effectiveness the average treatments required is between 3-9 sessions undertaken a week apart.
Most patients experience very positive outcomes after six sessions.
Does it hurt?
There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment. The treatment lasts just five minutes and the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session.
Are there side effects?
No serious side-effects have been recorded. Patients often report reduced pain immediately after treatment, however some patients report some soreness in the treated area 2-4 hours afterwards. In some cases, patients may experience temporary soreness and/or swelling for 24-48 hours post treatment.