Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a new non-invasive procedure used to treat sufferers of conditions such as shoulder pain, painful heel (plantar fasciitis/Plantar Fasciopathy) , tennis elbow or pain in the Achilles tendon.
ESWT requires no injections, medication or surgery. You can self refer or be referred by your GP. The Movement Therapy Clinics consultant can start the treatment after your initial assessment. Shockwave is usually offered after a traditional treatment such as physiotherapy, has failed to improve symptoms.
During extracorporeal shock wave therapy high energy sound waves are created and focused on the injury using a special pad. Shock waves are repeatedly applied to the injury area to stimulate the healing process in the area which in some cases the body is unable to repair itself. As the tissue is affected by the shock wave the body starts building up new tissue, replicating the body’s own self-healing process.
A course of extracorporeal shock wave therapy usually requires six (weekly) sessions, each taking about 45 - 60 minutes, which in addition to the shockwave treatment, includes advice on retraining of the muscles/tendons related to the injury.
Following the treatment, in most cases pain should lessen and pain should not be felt 8-12 weeks after the last session.