What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is a treatment method used for addressing tendon-related pain and other associated discomforts. It is considered both safe and effective, particularly in cases where other rehabilitation approaches aimed at improving strength, gait, posture, and muscle length have not succeeded in alleviating pain.
How ESWT Works
At Chichester Physio, we utilise Radial Shockwave Therapy as part of our Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) services. This method involves a specialised handheld device that employs pneumatic (air pressure) technology to deliver ballistic shockwaves to the targeted area. These shockwaves are mechanical in nature and create a high-pressure impact, effective in treating the affected area.
The treatment operates through two principal effects. The first is the immediate alleviation of pain, which varies from individual to individual. Most patients report a significant decrease in pain from the initial treatment.
The second effect is the initiation of a pro-inflammatory response. The ballistic shockwaves cause micro-trauma that stimulates the body's natural healing processes, enhancing blood flow and metabolic activity in the treated area. This can be particularly beneficial in cases where other treatments have been unsuccessful, promoting the possibility of a complete recovery from tendon-related injuries.
ESWT is non-invasive and has a high success rate in managing tendon pain in both upper and lower limbs. The therapy typically requires 4 sessions for noticeable improvements.
Chichester Physio Ltd offer a Radial Shockwave Package of Initial, 2 follow-ups and a discharge session for £280.00
Why Consider ESWT?
At Chichester Physio, we recognise the effectiveness of Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in treating specific tendon pain conditions, a fact supported by extensive research. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) endorses the use of ESWT for several conditions, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
ESWT has demonstrated its potential not only in reducing tendon and associated pain but also in enhancing the healing process of related injuries and improving overall functionality. The high success rate of this therapy means that patients undergoing ESWT with our qualified practitioners can expect a significant improvement in their quality of life over time.