Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy & Treatment
At Highgate Private Hospital, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is available for the treatment of Musculoskeletal soft tissue pathologies such as the Tendon and Muscle. Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment provided by fully trained Consultants as an out-patient in one of our comfortable consultation rooms.
‘ESWT offers two main advantages over traditional surgical methods: fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity’ – FDA.
How does shockwave therapy (ESWT) work?
Radial Shockwave Therapy non-invasive treatment and reported side effects are minimal, however, there may be some discomfort during the treatment such as skin reddening and possible bruising. If you are concerned please speak with your medical practitioner before receiving treatment.
Radial Shockwave Therapy is a series of energetic shockwaves applied to the area that needs treating. A shockwave is a purely mechanical wave. The treatment stimulates and effectively supports the body’s self-healing mechanisms in the tissue that is being treated.
The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the impact area which in turn accelerates the body’s healing processes as the shockwaves break down tissue calcifications.
“Shock Wave Treatment or ESWT stimulates your natural healing process by increasing blood supply and breaks up calcium deposits on the tendon.”
What are the advantages of Radial Shockwave Therapy?
- No anaesthesia is required
- It is a Non-invasive/surgical treatment
- No medication is needed
- Fast treatment-15 minutes per session, 4-8 sessions required depending on the chronicity of the symptoms
- Fewer complications
- Significant clinical benefit often seen 6-8 weeks after treatment.
Our set up at Highgate Private Hospital means that Shockwave Therapy is always provided under ultrasound-guided imaging
Main Musculoskeletal Pathologies treated with ESWT are:
- Calcific tendinosis of the shoulder
- Tennis elbow
- Trigger Finger
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Hamstrings tendinopathy
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome in the hip
- Muscle Injuries especially the recurrent ones
- Medial Tibia Stress Syndrome -MTSS
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciitis
ESWT uses shockwaves to stimulate healing as it offers advantages over surgery as it is non-invasive with fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.
How is ESWT applied?
- The shockwave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the handpiece
- The shockwave radiates out, extending to the entire area where pain occurs
- No anaesthetic is required and you can continue usual activities – (it is recommended to avoid pain provoking exercise for 48 hours following treatment)
- Treatment usually starts straight away
At our ESWT Clinic, we implement an innovative individualised treatment protocol tailored to the patients MSK Pathology, chronicity of the symptoms and tolerance. As a result, makes the ESW treatment even safer and more effective.
Are there any contraindications or precautions that I should be aware of?
Yes, there are. Please see the list below:
- Cortisone injections are not to be administered within the last 11 weeks before shockwave therapy treatment
- Sometimes there may be some bruising and haemorrhaging tendencies and coagulation system disturbances. As such if you are on warfarin or other anti-coagulant therapies please notify your clinician
- If you have a cardiac pacemaker please notify your clinician before treatment as shockwave therapy may interfere with this
- Acute inflammation in the treatment area
- If you have been diagnosed with cancer you should notify your clinician, as the treatment would not be appropriate in this case
- If you are pregnant please notify your clinical, as treatment should not be administered
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy & Treatment Consultants