Shockwave Therapy Treatment
Shockwave therapy can be used in conjunction with hands on treatment and exercises set by your CSPC physiotherapist to speed up your recovery, bringing faster relief to chronic localised injuries.
What is shockwave therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT or SWT) is the name given to a treatment that involves shockwaves being passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. The shockwaves are generated inside a hand-held device, which when held against the skin, feels like something is hitting the skin and the tissues under it. The resulting waves that pass through the tissues are a bit like the ripples on a pond when you throw a stone into it, and it is this that helps to create a healing effect on the tissues. The treatment is noisy and can be painful, but can also be effective when used in the right way.
ESWT has been positively reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow in the UK.
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
The waves created during shockwave therapy treatment:
Increase blood flow in an area, promoting cell regeneration and healing
Break down deep seated scar tissue and calcification within soft tissues and tendons
Reduce chronic pain in damaged tissues, enabling more effective rehabilitation
What conditions can shockwave therapy help with?
Achilles tendon pain
Calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder
Lateral hip pain
Shockwave therapy can be a very successful treatment for patients who have failed to respond to appropriate physiotherapy treatment or other conservative treatments.
How does CSPC use shockwave therapy?
At CSPC, we feel that SWT is an adjunct to your physiotherapy treatment. We feel that the best results are obtained when it is part of a treatment plan that involves a thorough assessment of your injury, hands on treatment, and an exercise program to strengthen and rehabilitate the injured area.
How many sessions of shockwave therapy are needed and how long does it take?
On average, three to six sessions are required. In line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the recommended treatment is conducted over three to four sessions at weekly intervals. This allows the radial shockwaves to effectively treat the injury. It may take more sessions to resolve your injury, but this will be discussed with your practitioner.
Does shockwave therapy work well with chronic problems?
Shockwave therapy has been shown to have great results with chronic problems, when used as an adjunct to the correct treatment and rehabilitation program.
Booking shockwave therapy sessions at CSPC
Because we feel that SWT works best as part of a treatment plan, your first session will be with a practitioner who will take a thorough case history and assess whether your injury is suitable for shockwave therapy treatment. As part of this session, they will treat the area and give rehabilitation work that you will do alongside the shockwave treatment. Shockwave is likely to be carried out during this treatment if appropriate.
There are two ways in which you may be asked to continue with treatment, should SWT be suitable for your injury. If there are other issues that need addressing, you may be asked to return for further physiotherapy sessions of one hour, during which you will have treatment and shockwave. Alternatively, you may be given a program, and asked to return for three sessions of shockwave only, and then have a follow up session of physiotherapy to assess progress a few weeks later.
Initial consultation and reviews – as per physiotherapy consultation prices
Series of three 30-minute stand-alone shockwave sessions after the initial assessment – £150
Single session of shockwave – £60
Please note that if the practitioner feels that physiotherapy alongside your shockwave therapy is more appropriate for your injury, you will be asked to return for a full review appointment, during which you will receive treatment and shockwave.
*New clients to the clinic requesting shockwave therapy treatment, with or without a referral from a physiotherapist or sports consultant, will still need an initial consultation with a CSPC physiotherapist, to assess your injury for suitability for this treatment, and to be able to monitor progress.
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I am absolutely delighted with the shockwave treatment I have received at CSPC physiotherapy clinic and the results it has produced. Each session has measurably reduced the size of my bursitis to the point it has almost gone, with corresponding improvement in my range of movement and comfort in the affected area. It has also ameliorated calcification in my shoulder. A great big thank you to Alison and Julianna for your help!
NS, Shockwave therapy patient 2019
I have received three treatments of shock wave therapy and it has far exceeded my expectations. I needed extensive physiotherapy following surgery on a broken ankle, this treatment has made a huge difference to my recovery. In just a few weeks I have regained a lot of the lost ankle movement and the usual stiffness from the scar tissue has quickly eased. I enthusiastically recommend this treatment.
NS, Shockwave therapy patient, 2019