Shockwave Therapy at WPB
We are very excited to be able to offer Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) to our patients at WPB as part of your treatment session. We believe that this treatment modality along side our specialist Physiotherapy treatment will deliver some excellent outcomes to our patients conditions.
What is Shock Wave therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is the name given to a treatment form that involves shockwaves being passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. ESWT has been positively reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Achilles Tendinopathy, Plantar Fasciitis and Tennis Elbow here in the UK.
The shockwaves that are produced are generated by a projectile that is propelled at high speed inside a hand-held applicator. When the applicator is placed on the surface of the skin – together with a ‘coupling medium’ such as ultrasound gel – the impulses are delivered as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured part of the body as an aspherical ‘radial’ wave.
Passing radial shockwaves through the surface of the skin with the device initiate an inflammatory response in the injured tissue that is being treated. Many people describe ECSWT as ‘Pro-inflammatory’, as it prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation to the treated area. The number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue increases and this accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is typically used to treat achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, calcific tendonitis of the shoulder, golfers elbow, trochanteric bursitis, patella tendonitis and shin splints. ESWT technology can also be used to successfully treat other chronic enthesopiathies, acupuncture points and painful trigger points.
What happens during treatment? You will be positoned on a couch, the area being treated is identifed and gel applied. A probe is positioned over the area and high intensity shock waves are pulsed into the tissues. Each treatment takes approximately 5 minutes and can be quite noisy. ESWT can be slightly uncomfortable but if the treatment becomes too uncomfortable, adjustments to the pulses can be made to reduce the sensation.