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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy?

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a revolutionary treatment administered by a probe that passes mechanical shockwaves through the skin to the injured part of the body. The impulses spread inside the injured part of the body, and this initiates an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated. This prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, which accelerates the body's natural healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.

The same process has been used for a number of years to treat kidney stones, with a medical technique called lithotripsy.

What conditions can Shock Wave Therapy treat?

Clinical trials have shown that Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy can be successful in treating a variety of painful tendon injuries and orthopaedic problems in all age groups for conditions affecting the upper limbs, knee, ankle and foot. Many patients will have had medical intervention in the form of injected steroids and physical therapy, which has failed in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as calcified tendons. These patients are particularly eligible for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy.

What is the success rate?

Documented international results show an overall result rate of 77% of chronic conditions have responded to ESWT that have not been cured with other treatment interventions, such as injected steroids.

What other benefits are there?

  • No need for anaesthetic
  • Non-invasive procedure
  • No need for surgery or medication
  • The treatment stimulates and effectively supports the body's self healing mechanisms
  • Treatment sessions last for an average of only 15 minutes
  • No hospital admission
  • Transient analgesic effect after treatment
  • No lengthy rehabilitation, loss of mobility or time away from work
  • Fewer complications
  • Strong clinical results