What is Shockwave?
The Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EWST) 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 at three months.
What conditions can be treated?
EWST is one of many methods used to treat chronic tendon conditions. Some of these conditions include;
- Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Patellar tendinopathy (Knee)
- Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis (foot)
- Calcific Tendonitis
What does treatment involve?
Typical treatment involves 2-5 sessions of EWST at 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 EWST. Many patients find they experience mild pain or discomfort during treatment usually subsides quickly after treatment. It is advisable to avoid strenuous activity for 48 hours after treatment.