What is Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?
Shockwave therapy or Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) uses shockwaves produced outside the skin (extracorporeal) which safely pass through skin into injured parts of the body to provide pain relief and rehabilitation of function. Shockwaves are mechanical, audible, low-energy sound waves and impulses of energy which produce micro traumas to specific damaged tissues. The resulting procedure causes an increased blood flow to the treatment area which accelerates the body’s healing process and decreases local pain factors. Shockwaves can also provide benefits in breaking down calcification & disorganised tissue.
What can ESWT be used for?
ESWT or shockwave therapy is a highly effective treatment for many of the conditions listed below, particularly connective tissues injuries and dysfunctions and chronic conditions. It is recommended by the NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) and is commonly used within the NHS and in private health care.
Conditions include but not limited to:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Calcaneal Tendinopathy
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Quadriceps Tendinopathy
- Patella Tendinopathy
- Calcific Tendonitis of the Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow (common extensor tendinopathy)
- Greater trochanteric Pain Syndrome
- Gluteus Medius Tendinopathy
- Trochanteric Bursitis (Lateral Hip Pain)