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Radial Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave is a revolutionary treatment that has been demonstrated to provide relief and healing even in chronic cases where the body has previously demonstrated an unwillingness or inability to do so by itself. 
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How does it work?
An electromagnetically accelerated, ballistic projectile transfers its kinetic energy to a transmitter head in the hand piece and this kinetic energy is transformed into impact energy in the applicator head. Shockwaves result and spread out radially from the contact area into the desired treatment region of the body. This results in increased blood flow and metabolic activity thus stimulating the body's own healing mechanism and reabsorption of calcium deposits. 

What conditions can it be used for?
Achilles tendinopathy

Plantar fasciitis

Shoulder tendinopathy

Tennis and Golfer's elbow

Patellar tendinopathy

Trigger points

Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints)

Trochanteric bursitis

Will it hurt?
There may be a little discomfort during treatment but often pain relief from the existing condition is seen almost immediately following treatment. Of note however is that with this unique unit, a soft applicator head can be used that further minimizes any potential discomfort.

How many treatments will you need?
Shockwave therapy typically requires a course of three treatment sessions. A small minority of resistant cases may require up to 6 treatments. Treatment sessions usually take 10-15 minutes and is included as part of our physiotherapy treatment there is no extra charge.

What's the evidence? 
According to the Journal of Orthopedic Research (2005), there was a 90% improvement for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis, and a 77% improvement treating Tennis Elbow with Radial Shockwave Therapy. 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has guidance and information about Radial Shockwave Therapy that can help with deciding, along with discussion with your GP and physiotherapist, if you wish to choose this form of treatment. 

When do we not recommend Shockwave Therapy?
Typically, Shockwave therapy is not used in the presence of bone tumours, certain metabolic bone conditions and certain nerve or circulation disorders. Shockwave therapy is also not used in pregnant patients and at locations where there is an open growth plate. It is currently not used in areas where an infection is present.

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