Extracorporeal radial pressure wave therapy (shockwave)

Extracorporeal radial pressure wave therapy (shockwave) is a highly effective and safe treatment for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Is 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:

  • Tendinopathies
    • 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

If you would like further information on shockwave therapy please contact us.


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