What is it?
Even though the treatment is called shock wave, there is no electric “shock” delivered – it is a sound wave only. Shock waves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body via compressed air impulses, which radiate out towards the site of pain.
What conditions does it treat?
Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinopathy), Achilles tendinopathy, rotator cuff tendinopathy and calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), plantar fasciitis, medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints), high hamstring tendinopathy, gluteal tendinopathy, trochanteric bursitis
How does it work?
The shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcification. They also increase local blood circulation which stimulates and accelerates the body’s own healing processes.
How long does it take to work?
It can result in pain relief in approximately 70% of people within 12-16 weeks after a full course of ESWT.
When can I return to work after the procedure?
Immediately after each session of ESWT. Rest is not recommended.