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Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive therapeutic procedure for tendon pain and other joint injuries. It delivers impulses of energy targeted to specific damaged tissues to stimulate blood flow, reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Shockwave therapy can be a regenerative procedure for musculoskeletal conditions such as sport injuries, tendon injuries, joint pain and soft tissue damage (see full list below).
Shockwave can help:
Non-invasive pain relief for restoring your mobility
Shockwave therapy or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) has been shown to be an effective procedure for a range of common tendon complaints including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy and tennis elbow.
Other conditions that can benefit from shockwave therapy are lateral hip pain, knee pain (patellar tendinopathy) and frozen shoulder.
Depending on what’s being treated it generally involves a course of 4-6 sessions, with each session taking part five to ten days apart.
Shockwave therapy can be an effective procedure to help treat inflammation of tendons and joints like some of the below and conditions and sports injuries:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Tennis elbow
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Hamstring tendinopathy
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder calcification
- Muscle pain
It can also aid to relieve the symptoms of wear and tear conditions including osteoarthritis of knees and hips.
Shockwave therapy uses a specialist device to deliver acoustic energy through the skin to the injured part of the body. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric. They are audible, low-energy sound waves, which increase the blood flow to the injured area.
First the shockwaves work to desensitise the nerve endings, which will often reduce some pain immediately.
Secondly, the energy waves create a controlled trauma that causes an increase in blood circulation and metabolism. This triggers enzyme production in the affected area which promotes and accelerates healing and reduces pain. Simply put, the energy “re-boots” the tendons failed healing response.
How can EMTT help?
EMTT is a non-invasive, outpatient treatment in which the instrument head is held over the targeted area. High energy magnetic pulses are then transmitted through the clothes, skin and tissues to reach the target area. The energy waves create a controlled trauma that causes an increase in blood circulation which triggers enzyme production in the affected area. This in turn promotes and accelerates healing and reduces pain. Depending on what’s being treated it generally involves a course of 4-6 sessions, with each session taking part five to ten days apart.
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Frequently asked questions
You would not be suitable for shockwave therapy if:
- You have a circulation or nerve disorder
- The target area is infected
- The target area has a bone condition
- The target area has an open wound
- You are pregnant
- You are on blood thinning medication
- You are under 18
- You have metal pins/objects in the target area
Certain medications may be contraindicated such as, anticoagulants or corticosteroids but this would first need to be discussed with your clinician during your consultation.
Each shockwave therapy session at Living Room Health is around 20 minutes.
Typically a patient would be advised to have 4-6 shockwave therapy sessions, with each session 5-10 days apart or maximum benefits.
Shockwave therapy, is a non-invasive procedure which most people find painless. However, depending on the area being treated (if near bone) and the severity of your injury you might feel a little pain or discomfort in the treatment area during the procedure.
Most patients say it feels like small pulses against the skin. Your specialist may be able to adjust the way they use the shockwave device if your pain is significant.
You can book yourself directly in for your shockwave consultation and treatment. During the consultation, your clinician will assess you functionally and scan area using ultrasound to confirm a diagnosis and assess the tissue. In some cases if suspected stress fracture, an MRI scan may be required which we can do on site at an extra cost.
We advise you wear something loose fitting around the area you want treated so the clinician can have access. If not, we can provide a robe and somewhere to change. Some gel will need to be applied to the area for the procedure.
Yes, you will be able to walk after your shockwave therapy. Your clinician and physiotherapist will guide you with a graded rehabilitation program with the shockwave therapy.
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