Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) or shockwave therapy is the application of the sound waves to treat musculoskeletal conditions and sports-related injuries.

Shockwave therapy is a relatively modern and highly effective treatment option in orthopaedic, sports and rehabilitation medicine. The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. The shockwaves are abrupt, high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy, similar to soundwaves, generated by an electromagnetic coil or a spark in water. In modern pain therapy, shockwave energy is conducted from the point of origin to the painful body regions, where it applies its healing capacities.

Shockwave therapy is a NICE approved form of treatment. Applied by our skilled clinicians, it is a non-surgical approach to pain relief that is used regularly here at Sportsmed East to treat common conditions such as:

  • Neck Pain (muscular and trigger point pain syndromes)
  • Shoulder Pain (calcific tendinitis, shoulder pain impingement)
  • Back Pain (muscular and trigger point pain syndromes, piriformis pain syndrome)
  • Elbow Pain (tennis and golfer’s elbow pain)
  • Hand Pain (Dupuytrens disease, de Quervain’s disease, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Hip Pain (trochanteric pain syndrome)
  • Hamstring Pain (hamstring tendinopathy, insertional)
  • Knee Pain (Osgood -Schlatters Disease, patella tendinopathy)
  • Foot and Heel Pain (plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy)

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