Shockwave therapy, an evidence based effective treatment for chronic tendon and muscle problems affecting the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, foot and ankle, is now available at Phil Horner Physiotherapy within the Alliance Medical Fylde Coast Diagnostic Centre.
Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy or more simply Shockwave Therapy is an evidenced based treatment which is effective in the management of many common musculoskeletal problems that can be resistant to other forms of treatment and become chronic in nature. Achilles tendinitis, Patellar tendinitis, Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow, Plantar fasciitis, Trochanteric bursitis and Shoulder tendinitis are examples of conditions where Shockwave Therapy can be an effective treatment.
This non-invasive treatment is usually delivered once a week over the course of three to five weeks in order to facilitate the breakdown of scar tissue and promote tissue healing around the injured area. Sometimes there is an immediate response to the treatment though more commonly there is a more gradual reduction of symptoms over a longer period of time as the tissue responds to the therapy. Typically, if the course of shockwave therapy is successful, a more permanent resolution of symptoms is achieved 2 to 3 months after treatment.
Shockwave therapy can be of significant benefit in the management of many presentations of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction and should be augmented by patient education and advice along with exercise prescription in order to provide effective rehabilitation of the problem and reduce the incidence of recurrence.
There is a growing database for the efficacy of Shockwave Therapy as a non-invasive alternative to surgery in a number of conditions including the following NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines:
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