Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)?
Shockwave Therapy is a clinically proven treatment for chronic soft tissue injuries and is considered
the gold standard treatment for these types of injuries. It is a non-invasive treatment that produces
high powered sound waves through the tissues using a shockwave probe. These sound waves
promote regeneration and repair of soft tissues and create a greater blood supply for the healing
process to take place, therefore reducing pain extremely effectively. This is a real kick start for
healing and has excellent results.
What symptoms/conditions does it treat?
Plantar fasciitis/policeman’s heel/heel spur
Muscle tightness and trigger points
These are only a few examples!
How effective is the treatment/how many sessions would I need?
After 3 sessions 80% of patients report a significant reduction in pain and improvement in function.
Often significant benefit is felt after the first session. 3-5 sessions are recommended at weekly
intervals. Some patients may require an additional session depending on their response to
Is it painful?
The treatment itself can be a bit uncomfortable but it is only a very short treatment so often patients can tolerate this well. The treatment intensity can be adjusted during treatment if needed.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation is £45 for 30-minutes. This will include-
- Taking a full history of the injury
- A thorough physical examination
- Your first ESWT treatment
Subsequent treatments are 15-minute stand-alone treatments at a cost £30. So, if you only needed 3
sessions, you would pay a total of just £105.
Is it suitable for everyone?
I will carry out a full consultation and will let you know if you are not suitable for this treatment. It is not suitable for-
- Application over areas of malignancy (cancer)
- Women who are pregnant or actively trying
- Patients who take oral anti-coagulants (blood thinners)
- Use over metal work or open wounds
Are there any side effects?
ESWT is a very safe treatment but there is a chance of some reddening of the skin and some swelling
and numbness over the area being treated. These symptoms usually resolve within 24hours.
Are there any restrictions after treatment?
it is recommended that you rest from potential aggravating activities for 24hours after each session.
How do I book?
You can call us on 01449 774506 or book online. When booking online please select the ‘Initial
Shockwave Therapy’ session (30-minutes). You may also wish to book your follow up appointments
at the same time to ensure the treatment times suit you best, in which case you can then select
‘Follow-up Shockwave Therapy’ (15-minute treatments). If you don’t need all of the sessions you
book, we can always cancel the ones you don’t need and there will be no charge as long as you
notify us within our cancellation policy.