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Shockwave Therapy

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shock wave therapy involves the delivery of high-frequency shock waves to the injured tendon to stimulate healing. It can be a useful treatment for chronic tendon conditions that have not responded to other treatments. 85% of patients in a study treating hamstring tendinopathy demonstrated at least 50% reduction in pain in three months.

What conditions can be treated by Shockwave?

Extracorporeal shock wave treatment (EWST) is another method used to treat chronic tendon conditions. Some of these conditions include

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Calcific Tendonitis of the shoulder
  • Patellar tendinopathy (Knee)
  • Plantar fasciitis (foot)
  • Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy

What does treatment involve?

Typical treatment involves 2-5 sessions of Shockwave therapy, in weekly intervals. The probe is placed over the injured tendon, and shock waves are generated to stimulate tendon healing. Each treatment session takes 5-10 minutes to perform.

Side Effects and Recommendations

There are almost no side effects to shockwave therapy. Many patients find they experience pain or discomfort during treatment, but this pain usually disappears soon after treatment. It is advisable to avoid strenuous activity for 48 hours after treatment.

Radial Shockwave Therapy


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