Here at the Estuary Clinic Topsham, Exeter we provide Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy administered by our Allied Health professionals team who have undergone with specialist training.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) also known as Shockwave Therapy is a cutting-edge medical treatment that has gained popularity in recent years for its ability to alleviate various musculoskeletal conditions. This non-invasive procedure utilises high-energy shockwaves to stimulate your body's natural healing processes, offering an alternative to surgery or prolonged medication use.
How does Shockwave Therapy work?
ESWT works by delivering controlled shockwaves to targeted areas of the body, typically using a specialised device. The shockwaves create microtrauma within the affected tissue, initiating a cascade of biological responses. This process helps increase blood flow, promote tissue regeneration, and reduce pain by stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms.
What can Shockwave Therapy help?
The efficacy of ESWT is supported by a growing body of scientific research and clinical studies. It has shown significant promise in treating a wide range of conditions, including:
Calcific Shoulder Tendinitis
Muscle and Ligament Injuries
What to expect during treatment?
Preparation: Before starting, the therapist will locate the pain point on your body. Ultrasound gel is then applied to the area to help transmit the shock waves effectively.
Treatment Session: The therapist will use the shockwave device to deliver powerful sound waves into the painful area. These waves travel deep into the tissues, promoting cellular repair and growth.
Duration: Each session usually lasts between 20-30 minutes.
Sensation: You might feel a pulsing or tapping sensation during the treatment. The intensity can be adjusted to remain comfortable, although it's common to feel a bit of discomfort, especially if the treated area is already in pain.
Post-treatment: It's normal to experience some redness, swelling, or even minor bruising in the treated area. These side effects are typically short-lived and should resolve within a few days.
Are there any contraindications?
Shock wave therapy might not be suitable for everyone. Contraindications include:
Pregnancy: Pregnant women should not undergo shock wave therapy, especially in the pelvic or lower back region.
Blood Clotting Disorders: If you have a history of clotting issues or are on anticoagulant therapy, this treatment might not be suitable.
Infections: Any active infection in the treatment area is a contraindication.
Tumors: Patients with malignant tumors in or near the treatment area should not receive shock wave therapy.
Pacemakers: If you have a pacemaker, consult with your doctor before considering shock wave therapy.
Recent Fractures: Bones that have recently fractured should not be treated until they're healed.
Growth Plates: Children or adolescents who still have growth plates should avoid this treatment in the affected areas.