5 facts about shockwave therapy

Are you suffering from a tendon injury and considering shockwave therapy? Here are five important facts to keep in mind when exploring this non-invasive, highly effective treatment.


Shockwave therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment option for tendon injuries and pain management. Using a hand-held device, high energy sound waves are passed through the body to increase blood flow to the injured area and encourage tissue regeneration. Practitioners follow NICE guidelines to ensure safe and effective treatment.


Shockwave therapy can be used to treat a range of different tendons, including the patella tendon, tennis elbow, plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and gluteal tendons. By encouraging tissue regeneration, this treatment can help alleviate pain and promote healing.


Each shockwave treatment takes approximately five minutes. However, multiple sessions are usually required to fully treat the injury. Generally, three initial treatments are recommended, followed by up to three more if necessary, as part of a longer physiotherapy session.


The risk of side effects from shockwave therapy is low. While the treatment itself is not painful, you may experience some discomfort. However, the intensity of the sound waves can be adjusted to maximise your comfort during the session. After treatment, you may experience minor side effects such as reddening, slight bruising, or marks on your skin, which usually resolve quickly.


It is important to note that not everyone is a suitable candidate for shockwave therapy. Pregnant women, those with allergies or infections, individuals taking certain medications, and those with certain medical conditions such as bone cancer or blood clotting disorders may not be able to undergo the treatment.

If you are considering shockwave therapy for your tendon injury, it is important to consult with a physiotherapist for professional assessment and guidance. 

Our experienced physiotherapists at our Twickenham clinic are available to answer any questions you may have and help you determine if this treatment is right for you. Give us a call today on 020 8898 1231 to learn more.