How Shockwave Therapy works
Shock Wave Therapy or ESWT is a relatively modern treatment, which has been approved by NICE (National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence) and is sometimes used prior to surgical intervention to alleviate pain and suffering for various joint and associated tissue problems.
There are several ways in which ESWT may help promote healing and help to reduce pain. The most accepted theory is that the micro-trauma of the repeated shock waves creates new blood flow in the area, which is known as neo-vascularisation and this promotes tissue healing. ESWT may also instigate a new inflammatory process so the brain can send necessary nutrients to the area to aid healing. This would be particularly useful in chronic pain when the brain has potentially “forgotten” about the pain and is not attempting to heal the area.
The Shock Wave Therapy is normally given over three sessions on a weekly basis. Each treatment requires 2500 shockwaves to the affected area. It is a relatively new treatment for foot pathologies but has been used in joint pain for many years, here are fewer complications of ESWT when compared to surgical intervention and recovery from treatment is immediate.
In addition: no anaesthetic required, no medication to treat required, fast treatment times – 30 minutes a session, virtually painless after the treatment, significant benefit seen after 6-8 weeks post treatment
Please feel free to contact us now to discuss Shockwave Therapy, it could be extremely beneficial to your condition.