Radial Shockwave is a tried, tested, and well-researched treatment used in physiotherapy since the 1990s. It has gained popularity due to its effectiveness and application across a wide range of professions.
What would you use it for?
SWT is used by both our podiatrists and our chiropractors to treat a variety of conditions including those listed below. The list isn’t exclusive:
Heel pain – Plantar fasciitis
Tennis elbow – lateral epicondylitis
Golfer’s elbow – medial epicondylitis
Rotator cuff – calcifying tendonitis
Jumper’s knee – quadriceps tendonitis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic tendinopathy including Achilles tendonitis
How does it work?
Shockwaves are transient acoustic waves which uniquely transmit high energy peaks used to both disintegrate and heal.
Shockwave Therapy is supported by numerous clinical studies attesting to its healing and reparative effects on tissue with over 80% success in relieving symptoms and reducing or eliminating pain.
SWT is tested and approved by physicians all over the world and used from out-patient clinics to amateur sportspeople to Olympic athletes. Also is used in rehabilitation, podiatry, chiropractic, physiotherapy, orthopaedics, veterinary medicine, aesthetics, and dermatology.
The high energy peak acoustic waves generated by SWT interact with tissue stimulating the medical effects of accelerating tissue repair and cell growth, reducing pain, and improving range of movement.
Some of the independent and combined effects of SWT are:
Capillary micro-ruptures in tendon and bone trigger repair processes leading to the creation of new blood vessels reversing chronic inflammation by increasing mast cell activity
Collagen production is stimulated by accelerated procollagen synthesis
Breaking down of calcium build-up in calcific disorders
Dispersion of pain mediators
Trigger point release.
Frequently asked questions
Will Shock Wave Therapy help me?
Most people experiencing chronic pain have unsuccessfully tried other treatments. Over 80% of the same people worldwide report SWT has helped resolve their condition.
How long does it take?
The application of SWT within your appointment is normally completed in around five minutes.
Does it hurt?
Depending on the level of pain already being experienced in the area to be treated there may be some discomfort. Treatments normally last less than five minutes meaning that any discomfort is tolerable but the intensity can be varied during the session to suit patient preference.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies depending on the nature of the condition being treated and the response of the patient. Effects are cumulative, typically more than one but fewer than six visits with relief normally experienced from the first visit onwards.
Will there be any soreness afterwards?
Sometimes there may be some tenderness for a short period but nothing intolerable or limiting.
Is there anything I can’t do following treatment?
It is sensible to avoid physical exertion for a couple of days following treatment to allow healing to take place.
If you would like more information or to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists or chiropractors please call 01628 773588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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