There are several treatment modalities that may come under the umbrella of “electrotherapy”.
After assessement and discussion with you, your physiotherapist may recommend one of the following treatments, sometimes in addition to manual physiotherapy:
Radial Pressure Wave therapy (shockwave)
Extracorporeal radial pressure wave therapy (shockwave) is a highly effective and safe treatment for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. It is an evidence based treatment option with well over 85 randomised controlled trials supporting its use, particularly in combination with rehabilitation exercises. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends its use in the treatment of tendon conditions.
Extracorporeal radial pressure waves are high energy impulses that are delivered to an injured tissue in the form of sound waves. As the sun waves pass through the injured tissue the initiate an inflammatory response. This leads to increased circulation and metabolism within the tissue. It is a way of re-booting the body’s natural healing process. For this reason it is a good treatment option for long term persistent pain conditions.
Treatment is delivered by a probe being placed in contact with the skin, using a water based gel to improve contact. It is non-invasive and should not be significantly painful. Benefits of treatment can be felt after 1 to 6 treatment sessions, although some long term conditions may take further treatment sessions or options to improve. Shockwave can be offered as part of physiotherapy treatment or as a stand alone shorter appointment at a cost of £25 per session.
Conditions that react well to RPW therapy are:
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Tennis and Golfers elbow
- Biceps tendinopathy
- Suprasinatus tendinopathy
- Shoulder tendinopathies
- Tennis / Golfers elbow (epicondalgia)
- Myofascial trigger points
- Activation of muscle and connective tissue
- Plantar fasciopathy
Therapeutic Laser therapy
Our therapeutic laser is a powerful tool, that your therapist may use to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with a variety of conditions and helps kick-start your body’s healing processes.
This pain free, safe, non-invasive laser works on tissues close to the surface of the skin whilst also penetrating deeper to bones and joints. After your course of treatment you should benefit from long-lasting results from pain and improved tissue health.
Ideal for injuries after 48 hours, such as sprains, strains, haematoma’s, contusions and swelling, as well as mid to long term conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, long term joint pain, tendon, ligament, fascia problems, nerve pain and many more.
Tecartherapy accelerates healing, relieves pain and improves movement naturally. It’s a high- frequency, non-invasive mild electrical energy which boosts your body’s natural ability to repair itself.
During your treatment, all you will feel is a relaxing, gentle, deep and therapeutic warmth. Your blood and lymphatic circulation will be improved and your tissue will havemore energy for healing processes. You should enjoy an extended range of movement in the affected area and an accompanied reduction in pain. Some of the tecartherapy uses are as follows:
- Sports injuries
- Joint/muscle pain
- Neck pain
- Frozen shoulder – Tight muscles