Shock Wave Therapy is a non-surgical approach to relieving chronic conditions. It involves running a small, hand-held machine over the affected area, sending acoustic waves to interact with tissue. These waves help to accelerate tissue repair and improve mobility, relieving pain and helping you get back to normal.
It can be used to treat conditions such as:
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathy, and
- Chronic hip, knee and shoulder pain.
It also helps to increase circulation, remove scar tissue, and rapidly reduce pain.
Clinical studies show a 76% improvement in quality of life, and an 85% faster return to sports. It is cleared for use by NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, and is already a very popular treatment throughout Europe.
How it works
The treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical, and is simple and easy to apply. There are three steps:
- Your clinician locates the area to be treated by feeling it with their fingers.
- Once they’ve found the right spot, they’ll apply some gel which will help the acoustic waves to get to the right spot smoothly.
- Finally, the shock wave is applied by slightly pushing a hand-held machine against the area to be treated.
For the treatment to be effective, you’ll likely need a course of three to five sessions.
If you’d like to know more about how Shock Wave Therapy could help you get your mobility back, please get in touch with our head physiotherapy Rosemary Lillie for a consultation.
Our Physiotherapy Clinic Services
The West Wimbledon Physiotherapy Clinic aims to provide a selection of services to maintain and enhance health and wellbeing. Although primarily a physiotherapy clinic, a range of other treatments are available.