Updated: Mar 1
Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine. Its main assets are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. Together with being a non-surgical therapy with no need for painkillers makes it an ideal therapy to speed up recovery and cure various indications causing acute or chronic pain.
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shockwaves are characterized by jump change in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity. The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue.
At Team Physio we are very obsessed about our mission which is to deliver the best customer service to our patients. Our physiotherapists are experts in Shockwave Therapy and we promise to deliver these benefits from your session:
Pain reduction: the intensive pulses transmitted from the hand piece to the tissue help inhibit the transmission of the pain signal (Gate Control theory).
Increased metabolism: shock waves influence the tissue on a cellular level, promoting the release of pain inhibiting and inflammatory inhibiting substances.
Revascularisation: repeated shock waves influence the blood flow, promoting tissue healing and regeneration.
Reduced muscle tone: shock waves help restore a normalized muscular tone by reducing the impact of pain on muscle tone.
Should I have Shockwave Therapy?
We would only recommend Shockwave Therapy for chronic conditions (over 12 weeks old) that have failed to settle spontaneously, or have not responded to other modalities such as physiotherapy, orthotics (insoles or leg braces), rest, steroid injection, ice therapy and pain relief.
There is some research and claims that ESWT works in more acute injuries as well (less than 6 weeks) but they did not use control subjects so it is impossible to to tell if they were going to get better anyway, regardless of the treatment. We would prefer to be honest to our clients!
There is a small risk of tendon or ligament rupture, or soft tissue injury, but our experienced physiotherapists will undertake a full assessment to determine your suitability prior to any treatment being undertaken.
You should avoid Shockwave Therapy if you:
1) are pregnant
2) are taking antiplatelets excluding aspirin 75mgs (for example, clopidogrel) or anticoagulants (such as warfarin or rivaroxaban)
3) have a blood clotting disorder
4) are under the age of 18
5) have been diagnosed with bone cancer
6) have an infection in the area to be treated
7) have a history of tendon or ligament rupture
8) have had a steroid injection into the affected area in the previous 6-8 weeks.
How much will it cost?
You will need to attend for an initial assessment just as any new patients or conditions are required to do and this is charged at our standard rate of £50 (20 mins). If Shockwave is deemed appropriate there are various ways in which you can fund your treatment. If you have private insurance, many will recognise Shockwave therapy and the various rates that we have contracted with them. Our specialists will give you the appropriate information to pass to your company so that you can speak to them to gain authorisation.
If you are self funding you will be required to book a course of treatment (3 x 20 mins treatments and 1 x 40 min follow-up) that costs £195. If our specialists feel that you need 1-3 additional sessions of shockwave as part of your treatment, these will be charged in addition to this rate, but at £25 , fifty percent off the normal rate. We do not anticipate that many people will require this which is why we are happy to give such a large reduction.
If you would like to book an appointment or request further information, please contact your nearest clinic or click here.
Mawsley clinic: 01536697989
Corby clinic: 01604217821
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