You will need an assessment initially in order to establish is shockwave therapy is suitable for you. The average number of sessions required is 3-5.
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical clinically proven, highly effective way to treat long-term musculoskeletal issues. Aimed at reducing pain it enables restoration of normal function. Impulses of energy are delivered to the body through a hand-piece which targets the specific damaged tissues within an abnormal tendon. This causes microtrauma initiating the body's healing process and stimulates blood vessels delivering nutrients to the area leading to cell regeneration and decreases pain.
Shockwave therapy is usually indicated for long-term problems that have not responded to conservative treatment such as, physiotherapy. It maybe that combining shockwave therapy with physiotherapy will give you the best possible outcome.
Shockwave therapy can be effective for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Here are some examples of conditions that shockwave therapy has effectively treated and restored normal function:
Please note these lists are not exhaustive
Shockwave treatment is usually done once a week for 3-6 weeks, depending on results. The treatment itself can cause mild discomfort, but it only last 4-5 minutes, and the intensity can be adjusted to keep it comfortable. The risks and benefits of treatment will be discussed with your physiotherapist, you will also be assessed prior to treatment to ensure it is right for you. If you have any test results/reports such as MRI scans please bring these with at your assessment.