Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses shockwaves to promote healing and reduce pain. It works by sending high-energy sound waves to the affected area, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response.
Shockwave therapy has been used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and is recommended in the NICE guidelines for the treatment of tendinopathy as it is considered, on balance, to be a safe and effective treatment.
Read on to discover 6 of the most common conditions that shockwave therapy in Twickenham can help treat.
1. Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that causes pain on the outer part of the elbow. It is caused by repetitive overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons.
2. Achilles tendinopathy
Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that affects the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It can cause pain, stiffness and weakness in the affected area.
3. Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It can cause pain and stiffness in the heel and arch of the foot.
4. Patella tendonopathy
Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is a condition that affects the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone. It can cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected area.
5. Gluteal tendinopathy
Gluteal tendinopathy is a condition that affects the tendons in the outer hip area. It can cause pain and stiffness in the hip and buttock area.
6. Calcific tendonitis
Calcific tendonitis is a condition that affects the tendons in the shoulder. It can cause pain and stiffness in the affected area.
Overall, shockwave therapy can be an effective treatment option for various musculoskeletal conditions by promoting healing and reducing pain. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine your diagnosis and establish if shockwave therapy is appropriate for your specific condition.
If you’re looking for shockwave therapy in Twickenham, our experienced physiotherapists are on hand to help. To learn more, call us today on 020 8898 1231.