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shockwave therapy physiotherapy

Initially introduced in 1980 to treat kidney stones, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has since become widely used in physiotherapy to treat more stubborn musculoskeletal concerns that have not responded to other forms of treatment.

ESWT is a safe, non-invasive treatment that provides relief to many patients, and we’re happy to offer the service at The Wells Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic. It’s often used on individuals experiencing concerns such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Tennis elbow

  • Achilles tendinopathy

  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy

  • Hip tendinopathy

  • Knee osteoarthritis

  • Heel spurs

  • Lumbar or cervical pain

  • Connective tissue disorders (such as Dupuytren's contracture) 

  • Myofascial pain

While research is ongoing, studies suggest ESWT can aid in: ​

Reducing pain

Improving functionality

Enhancing quality of life

The treatment is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NHS for certain tissue, tendon, and joint conditions.

ESWT shockwave therapy
It might sound hi-tech, but the mechanisms behind ESWT are pretty straightforward. Treatment involves the use of a wand-like device which emits energy in the form of sound waves. When held over the ‘problem’ part of the body (such as the heel of the foot in the case of plantar fasciitis), the waves provoke an inflammatory response and increase blood flow in the targeted area. Together, these natural reactions encourage a faster healing process. It’s also thought that the sound wave energy directly targets and stimulates nerve fibres, which aids in lowering pain.

On average, most patients respond well after 4-6 sessions, although further treatments can be offered if required.

If you’d like to know more, our physiotherapists are happy to discuss what ESWT involves and whether the therapy is suitable for you.

A session of ESWT lasting 15-20 minutes costs £100.

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