Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is a non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal conditions causing pain that is primarily used to treat chronic tendon, fascia and muscle disorders.
Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is typically done over the course of 3 and 6 sessions, spaced one week apart. It aims to reduce pain and promote healing in the affected area.
The most common indications for SWT include:
SWT may be offered to patients who have not responded well enough to other treatments such as physiotherapy, orthotics (insoles), pain relief and rest. It should be used alongside a rehabilitation program, aiming to improve biomechanics, strengthen tissue and improve its tolerance to load.
Please let you Doctor know if any of the following apply to you:
Shockwave is a very safe and well tolerated treatment. Patients may experience discomfort during treatment, however we will adjust settings in order to make treatment comfortable and tolerable. Over time, pressures can be adjusted to gain maximum benefit.
Following treatment, patients may experience slightly more pain and redness to the area, but symptoms usually resolve within 24 – 48 hours. There is a very small risk of tissue rupture. Adverse effects will be monitored and treatments will be adjusted as necessary.
If you would like to book an initial consultation, to discuss an injury and the appropriate recovery therapy, with one of our Consultants in Sport, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Medicine, please contact your nearest clinic.