Common problems that have been shown to respond well to Shockwave therapy include Shoulder tendinitis, Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, Patella tendinitis (jumpers knee), Medial and Lateral epicondylitis (Golfers and Tennis elbow) and trochanteric (Hip) bursitis. Many other pathologies can also be helped.
No treatment carries an absolute guarantee of success but collated evidence suggests that over 75% of patients with chronic conditions, that have not been cured with other kinds of treatment, benefit from Shockwave therapy
There are no reported long term side effects to Shockwave therapy though occasionally there may be a short-term increase in pain (24-48hrs).
A course of Shockwave therapy will take between three and five weeks to deliver and consist of one treatment per week lasting approximately 20 minutes on each occasion.
The delivery of shockwaves can be a little uncomfortable though this is often followed by an immediate reduction of pain after the treatment. It is common for a general ache to develop around the treated area a few hours after treatment but this usually settles within 24hrs and rarely lasts any longer.
Because Shockwave Treatment induces an inflammation-like response in the tissue that is being treated the body’s own healing processes are stimulated and enhanced. Anything that can interfere and dampen this beneficial response such as anti-inflammatory medication or cryotherapy (ice) should be avoided. Common prescription-free pain killers can be used if necessary.
After treatment it is beneficial to avoid any increased levels of activity for at least 48hrs even if there is a reduction of pain.
Usually the response to shockwave treatment is consistently good and most people notice a distinct benefit after a few weeks. It may, however, take several months for the maximum benefit to be achieved. An alternative treatment should be considered if there is no pronounced improvement after 3-4 months.
Your first appointment will last between 45-60mins and involve taking a thorough history, a comprehensive physical examination, and usually be followed by a short treatment session. After this you will have a working diagnosis, a treatment plan with agreed aims and goals, advice about self-management, and a home exercise programme.
Anything that is comfortable and can allow easy access to the problem area. For neck and shoulder problems a vest top is a good idea. For lower limb problems a pair of shorts is ideal.
No. Of course we will accept a doctor’s referral but this is not always necessary. If you are unsure if Physiotherapy is the appropriate treatment for you please call for advice. If you are requesting treatment through your insurance company then some will require a doctor’s referral. It is advisable to check with your insurance company prior to making an appointment.
There is no waiting list. You will usually be able to be seen within 24-48hrs if necessary.
24hrs notice of cancellation is requested otherwise a charge may be incurred at the discretion of the practitioner.
Payment can be made by cash, debit card or cheque and is requested after each treatment session. If you have private medical insurance then your policy number and, if relevant, authorisation number will be required. Please note that if your insurance company have not been notified then you may be liable for payment.
MCSP means that they are Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist’s and entitles them to use the professional title ‘Physiotherapist’. HPCP means they are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. These registrations are both a legal requirement to practice as a physiotherapist.
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