Are you are suffering and struggling to get on top of:
- Foot/ ankle pain/ heel pain?
- Elbow pain?
- Shoulder pain?
- Pain on the outerside of your hip.
For many people pain in these areas are the result of tendon issues . Examples of tendon problems include Achilles tendonitis or tennis elbow. These conditions can stay present for a long time! Besides being painful they can interfere with enjoyable activities such as walking, running or playing sports like golf or tennis. Sometimes they can be stubborn and for that reason don’t always respond fully to conventional treatments. If you have any of these conditions then shockwave could be the solution for you!
Shockwave Therapy is the next generation in the treatment of tendon pain. Shockwave is a highly effective treatment modality for the treatment of long standing pain conditions originating from tendons consequently proving effective where other treatments have been unsuccessful.
It has been given approval from NICE as a safe and effected treatment. As a result shockwave is recommended in a number of NICE guidelines for the treatment of tendon related conditions. See below for links to these guidelines.
It is really common for people with persistent tendon pain to just try and manage thereby stopping activities they enjoy. One option is steroid injections which may only provide limited short term relief and in some cases can weaken the tendon structures. Another option is surgery which is invasive and risky with the prospect of further complications. Shockwave can provide an effective alternative.
What is Shockwave therapy?
Shockwaves have been used in medicine since the 1980’s where they were originally (and still are) used to disintegrate kidney stones. In modern pain therapy a device is used to pass acoustic shockwaves through the skin to the effected area. These shockwaves:
- break down injured tissues and calcifications
- increase blood circulation and metabolism and thereby stimulating and accelerating the healing processes.
- Provide an analgesic effect (pain relief) through a process known as hyper stimulation analgesia due to cellular tissue microtrauma.
How many treatments are necessary?
Usually a course of around 5 treatments are required but significant noticeable improvements should be expected after the first 3.
Advantages of Shockwave
- It works and is backed up by a strong clinical evidence base
- It is non invasive and safe
- No risk of tendon rupture as may rarely occur with steroid injections
- It has NICE approval
Disadvantages of Shockwave
- Discomfort during treatment however intensity can be modified to limit this
- Results are cumulative and continue for 6-8 weeks following treatment. Therefor the best results are not immediate.
Video showing our shockwave machine
*NICE guidelines for the treatment of:
- https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg376 Greater trochanteric bursitis
- https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg313 Tennis elbow
- https://www.nice.org.uk/search?q=IPG312 Achilles tendinopathy
- https://www.nice.org.uk/search?q=IPG311 Plantar fasciitis
- https://www.nice.org.uk/Search?q=IPG21 Calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder