Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a series of high-energy impulses to the affected area. It is used as a treatment for trigger points, myofascial pain and tendinopathies like shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, hip bursitis, patellar tendinitis (knee), Achilles tendinopathy (ankle) and plantar fascitis (foot).
Shockwave therapy stimulates the body's natural healing process. There is actually an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement. Secondary effects are minor. Shockwave therapy may also reduce the chance of further surgery
What is extracorporeal radial shockwave therapy?
Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a series of high-energy impulses to the affected area.
How does it work?
- Treatment produces an inflammatory response. The body responds by increasing metabolic activity around the site of pain. This stimulates and accelerates the healing process.
- Shockwave breaks down scar tissue and possibly calcification as well
- Transmission of pain is blocked by elimination of P substance.
What are the benefits of Shockwave?
Shockwave therapy stimulates the body's natural healing process. There is actually an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement. Secondary effects are minor. Shockwave therapy may also reduce the chance of further surgery.
How long does the treatment last?
2000 shocks are delivered per session, which last approximately 5 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
Protocol states that three treatments are necessary at weekly intervals; however additional treatments may be needed if authorized by your therapist.
Does the treatment hurt?
You may feel some discomfort or pain if the patient cannot tolerate the settings can be adjusted.
What about after the treatment?
Generally there will be immediate pain relief, but there may be some discomfort experienced 24-72 hours after.
What should I do if I am in pain after the treatment?
The shockwave will trigger an inflammatory response, For this reason, do not use anti-inflammatory medications. Do not use ice as we want our bodies to trigger the natural healing response. The pain should subside within 24 hours. Use Paracetamol if needed as long as you able to take this medication.
Is Shockwave Therapy covered by my Private insurance?
You might want to check this with your Private insurance, it will be invoiced under Physiotherapy treatment.
What is the success rate of this kind of treatment?
A successful treatment is considered as a patient having at least 75% reduction in pain within 3 months.
What if it doesn't work for me?
A Although the short-term effects alone are exceptional, the long-term benefits of this treatment may take up to 3-4 months. If after this time there has not been any marked improvement, you should discuss with your Physiotherapist for further treatment options.