Radial Shockwave Therapy is a modern and effective non-invasive treatment for a wide range of common tendon problems. At The Physio Clinic Bristol, we have been using it for many years with good effect to treat chronic and long-standing conditions. This includes tennis elbow and Plantar Fasciitis, which have not responded to other modes of treatment.
What is Shockwave?
Shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to the painful tissue, e.g tendons. This energy promotes regeneration and reparation processes to the painful/injured tendon along with your own natural healing processes.
What can it treat?
Shockwave can treat a number of musculoskeletal conditions but is mainly used for tendon problems eg
- Patella Tendonopathy
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Calcific Tendonitis of the Shoulder
- Tennis and Golfers Elbow
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- Trochanteric Bursitis of the hips
It has also been used to treat muscle trigger points and other conditions with more and more research being carried out all the time.
What is the success rate?
Current research reports success rates between 65 and 91% in reducing patient’s pain and symptoms. These results are expected after approximately 12-16 weeks after after a course of 3-5 shockwave sessions plus further exercise management. Shcokwave treatment is supported by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) the Governments Health watchdog and our own internal audit also mirrors the success rate in the medical evidence.
What can I expect?
The treatment itself feels like a tapping sensation over the tendon being treated.
There is usually some discomfort, but most people can tolerate the discomfort during the treatment. We are able to control the settings and treatment should be the maximum that you can tolerate so there is no need to worry. There are very few adverse side effects unlike injections or surgery, making shockwave therapy a very compelling therapeutic modality for the treatment of chronic tendon problems.
We advise, after treatment that you refrain from intense activities that stress the treated area for the next 48 hours.
In addition to the actual shockwave treatment you may also requre some additional input such as massge to muscles around the area, strapping or an insole plus some exercises to do at home.
What if it doesn’t work?
As with any treatment, individual responses will vary according to severity and overall management of your condition. The normal response to shockwave is exceptionally good within a few weeks, however it may take several months before maximum effect is achieved. If after 3-4 months you do not experience a change in your symptoms, then you may be referred onwards to a surgeon depending on your clinical presentation. Sadly the treatment isn’t a success for everyone.
How much does it cost?
Shockwavetreatment incurs an additional fee of £25 per session on top of the normal treatment charge.
Treatment charge prices vary depending on the length of your treatment time. In general one area can be treated in 30 minutes however if you have bilateral problems (affecting both side) a longer 45 minute session may be required to ensure we are able to complete the treatment fully. Please check our current standard treatment fees and add £25 for each shockwave treatment. NB most treatments require approximately 4 sessions of shockwave therapy.
Please call us if you are considering Shockwave Treatment on 01454 54 00 66, so we can advise on the treatment price and care plan.