“For eight months I was on anti-inflammatories for chronic achilles tendinitis; three cycles of two weeks and not seeing great results. I was referred to Paul at Body Logic Physiotherapy to try shock wave therapy and very quickly had fantastic results.”
Vincent Brennan — Body Logic client
Shockwave therapy in Twickenham
Shockwave therapy is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for chronic tendon injuries and is supported by the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines.
This non-invasive treatment uses a hand-held device to pass high energy sound waves through the body.
This allows the tendon to regenerate itself but only with appropriate rehabilitation exercises, which are given alongside shockwave treatment.
What can shockwave therapy treat?
Shockwave therapy is quickly becoming the gold standard treatment for tendon injuries and pain. If you suffer from problems such as patella tendonitis, tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis, policeman’s heel/plantar fasciitis,achilles tendonitis or gluteal tendonitis you’ll know that recovery can be slow and frustrating. In some cases, you may even need injection therapy or surgery to treat the problem.
Over the last few years, research suggests radial shockwave is a safe and effectivement treatment for conditions such as tendinopathy.
Treatment can be uncomfortable as we prefer to maximise the dose but we can easily lessen the dose. If you’re finding the treatment too intense let us know and we can adjust the dose to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Shockwave treatment takes around 5 minutes, but is likely to be included as part of a longer overall session depending on the problem.
You may see reddening, minor swelling, slight bruising, red spots (petechiae), and marks on the skin up to 2 days after treatment. These symptoms aren’t serious and should disappear in 5-10 days. Your next session will be delayed until they’ve cleared up and we’ll adjust the dose to reduce the chance of recurrence.
You will only feel the effects of shockwave therapy in the treatment area. People can feel an immediate reduction in pain and feel more comfortable.
We recommend 3 initial treatments one week apart, followed by up to 3 more sessions if required. This is supported by the NICE guidelines.
Insurers will often cover shockwave therapy. Please contact us to find out if your insurer is one with whom we are willing to work. Unfortunately, not all insurers meet our requirements.
A shockwave machine is a hand-held device used to deliver targeted treatment to a specific area. We use the market-leading Chattanooga Intelect® RPW Shockwave machine from DJO Global.
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