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Shock Wave Therapy is a new and exciting treatment for chronic tendon pain.

There is an ever increasing amount of research showing that ESWT is effective in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions that have not responded to other treatment, including standard physiotherapy techniques, exercise, and cortisone injections. It has also been shown to be as effective as surgery in a number of studies.

Shock Wave Therapy Ankle

ESWT is Effective in treating a chronic tendon conditions including:

Plantarfasciitis Achilles tendonitis Shin Splints Rotator cuff tendonitis Trochanteric bursitis / lateral hip pain Tennis elbow Golfer’s elbow

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does it work?

Extracorporeal means ‘outside the body.’ The probe of the Shock Wave machine is placed on the skin, and powerful shockwaves vibrate the tissue in the painful area. The exact mechanism of the healing is not known, but it is thought the shockwaves breakdown the damaged tissue, stimulating the rebuilding of healthy tissue.

Shock Wave Therapy Elbow

What does the research say?

The results are exciting for all of the chronic tendon conditions listed above. For example, In an observational study at a local South Wales hospital, 14 (88%) of 16 patients with chronic Achilles tendon pain, on a surgical waiting list decided not to undergo surgery, following 3 sessions of ESWT, due to a significant reduction in their pain.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has declared ESWT to be safe and effective in the treatment of chronic Achilles tendonitis, Plantarfasciitis and Tennis elbow.

The research is so positive that you should not opt for tendon surgery before giving ESWT careful consideration.

How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?

Most patients require 3 treatment sessions to achieve a significant and long term reduction in their symptoms.

Each treatment sessions lasts approximately 20 minutes and are performed at weekly intervals.

How long will it take to experience pain relief?

Many patients experience and immediate improvement, however it can take several weeks to experience a satisfactory outcome.

How much does it cost?

£150 per session. Most patient require 3 sessions.

If you would like to discuss if ESWT is an appropriate treatment option for your condition, please call our offices and one of our experienced physiotherapists will carefully listen to the history of your symptoms and give you an honest opinion.

Shock Wave Therapy Knee
02920 547 210
Cardiff Centre | Cardiff Gate | Newport | Bridgend | Port Talbot | Abertillery | Porth (Pontypridd)

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