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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)



Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions through the use of shock waves. This is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment and is incredibly effective in treating chronic pain, inflammation and large range of other joint, bone and muscle injuries and illnesses.

ESWT uses shockwaves to stimulate healing. It offers advantages over surgery as it is non-invasive with fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.

Three treatments are performed at weekly intervals. Each treatment is simple with no injections. Your affected area is positioned against the head of the ESWT machine and a shockwave is delivered to the area. This is felt as a pulse.

Conditions commonly treated by ESWT include:

  • Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis and Golfer's Elbow
  • Achilles Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Jumper's Knee Patella Tendonitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Neck and Lower Back Pain (Trigger Points)

More information about the conditions ESWT can treat

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that affects the heel of your foot. It can cause your heel to hurt, feel hot and even to swell. The pain is usually caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia - a thin layer of tissue that supports the arch of your foot.

Standing for a long time can cause pain in plantar fasciitis, but often the pain is worst first thing in the morning - when you get out of bed. Sometimes it is noticeable at the beginning of an activity and then gets better as the body warms up.

Treating plantar fasciitis surgically can be hugely risky and can even lead to permanent disability. But, left untreated, severe plantar fasciitis pain can cause serious disruption to your life and limit your mobility permanently.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendonitis is a debilitating inflammation or injury of the Achilles tendon - which runs down the back of the lower leg and attaches to your heel bone. The Achilles tendon connects the leg muscles to the foot - which is what gives you the ability to rise up on your toes - a key component in the mechanism of walking.

When you suffer with Achilles tendonitis you often feel pain and swelling in the posterior part of your heel as you walk or run. You may also feel tightness in your calf and find it difficult to flex your foot.

Achilles tendonitis can make walking almost impossible and can have an enormous impact on your ability to go about your daily routine.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow doesn’t only affect tennis players. Usually it is caused by movements that repeatedly engage the muscles in your forearm - so it is a common workplace or athletic injury.

Tennis elbow usually starts as a mild pain before gradually worsening. In some cases the pain can be severe and unrelenting. Normally, sufferers will feel pain when they grip or carry even a light object.

Shoulder Tendinitis

Shoulder tendinitis can either cause pain in the affected area, or it can cause a debilitating restriction of movement in the shoulder.

The condition is caused by the degeneration of tissue in one of the tendons at the top of the upper arm bone. It is normally repeated mini-traumers to the rotator cuff tendons that cause the problem, rather than a one-off trauma.

Jumpers knee

Jumper's knee - also known as patellar tendonitis - is the inflammation or injury of the patellar tendon, the tissue that connects your kneecap to your shin bone. Jumper's knee occurs when repeated movements cause tissue damage or irritation to the tendon - which makes it particularly common in athletes who play high-impact sports.

Sports and activities that involve repetitive jumping and frequent changing direction can cause tears and damage to the patellar tendon. So sports like athletics, basketball, volleyball etc. can put a lot of strain on your knees.

It is important to treat jumper's knee as early as possible. Ignoring the symptoms and continuing to play sport can lead to serious damage to the knee and may mean that surgery is required.

Trochanteric bursitis

Trochanteric bursitis is a syndrome that causes pain in the bony, outside part of the hip and may radiate down the thigh. It happens when the fluid between the hip and the muscles and tendons of the thighs, becomes inflamed.

Thid condition can be caused by inflammation, overuse of the tendons and muscles or an acute physical trauma. There are also a number of underlying conditions that can cause Trochanteric bursitis - including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.

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