Shockwave Therapy

The gold standard for tendon injuries and pain, shockwave therapy uses high energy sound waves to encourage tissue regeneration

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“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.

SHOCKWAVE FAQ’S

Does shockwave hurt?

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.

How long does it take?

Shockwave treatment takes around 5 minutes, but is likely to be included as part of a longer overall session depending on the problem.

Are there any side effects?

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.

How will I feel after treatment?

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.

How many sessions will I need?

We recommend 3 initial treatments one week apart, followed by up to 3 more sessions if required. This is supported by the NICE guidelines.

Is shockwave therapy covered by my health insurance?

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.

What is a shockwave machine?

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.