What is Shockwave Therapy?

The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. A shockwave is generated in the hand piece. The shockwave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the hand piece. The shockwave radiates out, extending to the entire area where pain occurs.

In simple terms it turns a chronic (non-healing) tissue into an acute (healing) tissue again. This means that even after years of pain, you can gain relief.

Radial shockwave therapy has been shown to be a safe, effective and easy treatment for chronic pain.

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What Conditions Can Be Treated?

We treat a range of patients using shockwave therapy. The most common conditions that we treat include:

  • Tennis Elbow - Painful inflammation of the tendon attachment on the lateral elbow
  • Shoulder Pain - Painful limitation of shoulder movement
  • Golfer's Elbow - Painful inflammation of the tendon attachment on the medial elbow
  • Hip Bursitis - Painful swelling over the lateral hip
  • Patella Syndrome - Inflammation of the point of attachment of the patellar ligament
  • Shin Splints - Inflammation of the tibial edge due to excessive strain
  • Achilles Tendonitis - Painful irritation of the Achilles tendon
  • Painful Heel / Plantar Fasciitis - Painful, mostly chronic inflammation of the heel

How Successful Is It?

Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in 80-85% of cases involving chronic conditions. Pain relief normally occurs within one to two weeks of treatment, but the final outcome can only be evaluated several months after treatment has ended as the healing process will be on-going. The treatment of a Swiss Dolorcast shockwave machine is usually only be performed by a skilled Chiropractor/Orthopaedic surgeon or Physio who has completed the specific training programme. The Swiss Dolorcast machine is the strongest machine in the world and so has been used in many research studies on chronic pain.

Research papers can be found here for your perusal - www.swissdolorclastacademy.com/

What Are The Benefits?

  • No need for anaesthetic
  • Non-invasive
  • No need for surgery or medication
  • Transient analgesic effect after treatment
  • No lengthy rehabilitation, loss of mobility or time away from work
  • Fewer complications
  • Strong clinical results with 8-12 weeks

Is The Treatment Painful?

Most people report the treatment as mildly uncomfortable, but tolerable. If you cannot tolerate it, please inform your clinician as adjustments can be made.

Discomfort may be experienced for approximately one to two hours after treatment. Normally, it will resolve within 48 hours, but if severe, can last up to five days. Over-the-counter pain relief can be used to help manage this. Please note: avoid anti-inflammatories.

Skin redness or minor bruising over the tender area can occur but normally resolves within two to three days.

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What Activities Should I Avoid After Treatment?

We strongly advise you to avoid any activity that will stress the treated area for at least 48 hours after each treatment.

What Does The Treatment Entail?

The programme normally includes 3 treatment sessions, 7 days apart which is sufficient for most people. Severe chronic conditions may require more sessions, but this is rare.

Many private medical healthcare insurance companies will cover the cost of your shockwave therapy, but please speak with your provider directly before making an appointment to be sure.

How Much Does It Cost?

3 sessions provide the optimum best results possible and will be once weekly for 3 weeks. The package includes a full chiropractic neuro-orthopaedic assessment and the treatments which would normally be £95 each but we have provided a complete package price of £249. So zero hidden costs.

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