Promotes Tendon Regeneration
No matter the injury, you want to be back on track as quickly as possible, and that is one of the reasons musculoskeletal injuries such as tendon or muscle problems can be so frustrating. They can take the longest time to heal, leaving you unable to train, or with constant pain in daily life. But now there is a non-invasive solution that can deliver exceptional results in a much faster timescale.
Shock Wave Therapy offers immediate pain relief and a faster route to positive clinical outcomes, reducing recovery time and getting you back to activity quicker than ever before.
What is shockwave therapy?
A non-invasive treatment, shockwave therapy uses soundwave impulses that are directed into the damaged tissue using a compressor. There are two distinct types of shockwave therapy in common use, which one you receive will depend on your specific injury, these are:
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy – The soundwaves penetrate 3-4cm into soft tissue, using a slow impulse pattern. This allows for a large area of treatment.
The benefits of shock wave therapy are the fast response, especially the pain relief, and that it can be carried out without the need for injections or other invasive processes, meaning it can be fit into your daily schedule without worrying about post-treatment issues.
Convenient, effective and fast, shock wave treatment is a superb option for dealing with musculoskeletal injuries, both in the immediate reduction of pain and the overall outcome for the patient.
What can shock wave therapy do for you?
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, or ESWT, offers exceptional treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, such as those in tendons and muscles. These injuries often cause ongoing pain in daily life, and ESWT offers a non-invasive alternative to the use of anti-inflammatory medicines traditionally used as pain relief in these situations.
Shock Wave Therapy seeks to make use of the body’s own healing processes to deliver fast pain relief and quick recovery, and it does this in a number of ways.
The sound waves used during the treatment increase the permeability of cell walls, stimulate the microcirculation of blood and lymph cells and releases Substance P Neurotransmitter, which is responsible for pain mitigation.
The result of that is improvement in the injury, with lower levels of pain and healing of the damaged tissue, and this is achieved by:
- New blood vessel formation for faster healing
- Remodeling of injured tendons that have not healed properly
- Reduced pain by breaking down inflammatory markers
- Breaks down small, calcified deposits in chronically painful tendons
- Dispersion of bitter chemicals such as substance
- Release of trigger points in muscles
Shock Wave Therapy provides significant benefits for every patient in terms of medical outcome, but because it is a fast, clean and non-invasive procedure, it is also a practical treatment too. A course of 4 or 5 treatments can be fit into even the busiest schedule, reducing pain and helping begin the recovery process. When used in combination with strength training this can significantly reduce rehabilitation time for many patients.
What can shock wave therapy help with?
The treatment can be used to ease a broad range of musculoskeletal injuries, including:
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Rotator cuff tendon
- Plantar fasciitis
- Chronic plantar fasciitis
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Shoulder Tendon pain
- Calcific tendinitis
- lateral epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
- Gluteal tendon pain
- Chronic Trigger point pain
- Running overload injuries
It is particularly useful in chronic conditions where traditional treatments have failed to deliver results. It is important to note that show wave therapy should always be used in combination with a progressive strengthening program to ensure effective healing of the injury. The combination increases success rates and helps patients return to normal activities more effectively.
Our team are trained shock wave therapy specialists, and will work with you to develop a program of treatment that includes the shock wave pain relief as well as our established strengthening programs to deliver exceptional outcomes as quickly as possible, getting you back on track with your health and fitness.
If you would like to know more about shock wave therapy, or any of our treatment processes, you can get in touch below and enjoy a free 15-minute consultation with one of our physiotherapists who will explain the best approach for your needs and how we will help you get back to fitness.
Frequently asked questions
Too much load, walking or running to far.
Not enough rest – walking or running very frequently.
Too much too soon – increased running or walking distance too quickly.
Over time our natural tendon elastic recoil (Spring) reduces leaving it suceptible to injury.
Painful and stiff in the morning.
Loosens up at the beginning of exercises.
Painful in the hours after exercises or the next day.
Pain getting progressively worse.
Has not healed correctly, or settled down enough to start to heal
Is not strong enough
Not enough time doing exercises or doing exercise wrong
Exercises not heavy enough – tendon like to be strengthened with heavy weights.
Not address other compensatory issues away from area of pain.