Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses shock waves to treat pain. It’s typically used to treat tendon injuries, but also can be used to treat a number of other conditions.

Shockwave Therapy 

Shockwave therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses sound waves to relieve tendon pain and/or other ailments. At The Recovery Room we have a Stroz Medical Shockwave machine which is used directly on the skin to the injured area. Our device sends shockwaves onto the skin, and these waves create mechanical stress on the area, leading to the natural healing though pro inflammatory chemicals. This is useful for most tendon and plantar fascia problems.

Tendon injuries

Achilles tendon problems are common amongst people who are highly active, using sports that include; running, jumping and repetitive motions. People also in their midlife often suffer from tendon problems, especially due to lifestyle factors. Tendon problems are frustrating for you to have, and will may take a while to fully recover, especially if you don’t get appropriate advice. The most important parts when recovering from a tendon problem is; understanding what to do, when to do it, and how often to do it. Once you’ve understood how a tendon behaves, it is easier to do this. A painful tendon feels like: 
  • Stiffness into the tendon within the first few steps of the day and it can be for several minutes after waking.
  • Pain after getting up from static positions e.g. sleeping or sitting.
  • Pain when pressing the tendon.
  • Aggravation after loading activities, such as running. 
  • The tendon is better during activities, such as running -after the first 5 minutes (it warms up). 
This pain needs to be kept to tolerable levels, but it’s important that you remain active throughout your recovery. Firstly, a progressive loading program is important follow, with appropriate footwear in relation to the type of tendon problem that you have e.g. insertional or mid portion tendinopathy. If you have failed conservative treatment after 12 weeks of rehabilitation, it’s important readdress the loading program, or consider alternative ways of recovering, this could include shockwave therapy. There is evidence for shockwave therapy for planter fasciitis, Achilles tendon, patella tendon and gluteal tendon problems. These will never be treated in isolation with appropriate load management, footwear advice, education and shockwave therapy, if indicated. You will need between three and six sessions of shockwave therapy to see an improvement and to understand if you responded to the treatment. James has completed multiple courses in tendon pathology, especially those in the lower limb. Being a runner himself and treating a lot of runners, he is able to design a bespoke program in relation to your age, activity level, and current function. Your personal story often holds the solution to the problem, listening to this story is vital to recover from tendon pain. 

How it works

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment where a hand-held device is applied outside the body introducing energy to painful areas and promoting the body to heal itself. Regardless of the cause Injuries can be debilitating and, left untreated, may affect your daily life Shockwave is a non surgical, non-invasive treatment option for a wide variety of conditions with no downtime.

Shockwaves are high-energy sound waves which are transmitted to the affected area to accelerate healing. The treatment increases blood flow decreases localised pain and stimulates cell regeneration – this encourages the body to repair itself. Shock Waves also break down injured tissue and calcifications.

Common treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

Shockwaves are high-energy vibrations which are transmitted to the affected area to accelerate healing.The treatment increases blood flow decreases localised pain and stimulates cell regeneration – this encourages the body to repair itself.

Yes. It has NICE guidance for a large number of Indications and is used within the NHS Shockwave Therapy performed by qualified therapists is largely risk-free.

Typically, our treatments will be 6 sessions over 6 weeks. Clinical trials show a 69% success rate and excellent clinical outcomes (no pain) with randomly selected patients. Other studies have reported higher success rates, best results will require normal strengthening alongside ESWT.

Statistics vary based on the condition being treated – varying from 60-90% success rate Studies have shown 90% of patients with Achilles Tendonitis (Heel pain) will experience a full recovery or significant reduction in their pain and injury.

Non-surgical solutions to persistent problems Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy ESWT is a non-invasive treatment where a hand-held device is applied outside the body, introducing energy to painful areas, and promoting the body to heal itself. Regardless of the cause, injuries can be debilitating and, left untreated, may affect your daily life. Shockwave is a non surgical, non-invasive treatment option for a wide variety of conditions with less downtime.

In having a long-term injury, many people think at surgery is their only option to get better, but there is risk involved and a long recovery time associated with this. “Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) offers two main advantages over traditional surgical methods; fewer potential complications, and a faster return to normal activity.

Shockwave Therapy is clinically proven, recognised by the top orthopaedic hospitals, and used by high-profile professional sports bodies.

You may experience some discomfort during treatment but the pain should be tolerable. Due to the analgesic effect of Shockwave Therapy, many patients report immediate pain relief following treatment

Do not use anti-inflammatory medication or Ibuprofen as both may interfere with the body’s self-healing process.

Common indication Include:

Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain), Patellar Tendonitis, Jumper’s Knee, Medial Tibial Stress, Syndrome Shin Splints, Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfers Elbow), Periarticular Shoulder Pain, Tendinosis Calcarea (Calcific Tendonitis!).

The amount of treatment sessions will vary dependant on the type of shockwave used and conditions being treated. As a general rule 3-6 treatment sessions is advised. As this is encouraging the body to heal itself, your body will progress in the healing process even 23 months after treatment has stopped.

Statistics vary based on the condition being treated – varying from 60-90 success rate Studies have shown 90% of patients with Achilles Tendonitis (Heel pain) will experience a full recovery or significant reduction in their pain and injury.

Shockwaves can treat both long-term chronic conditions and newer injuries, there is a great deal of evidence to show that Shockwave Therapy can achieve great results even with historical conditions

Book your Shockwave Therapy Consult

For further information or an informal conversation, please call James today on:07748 483639
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