Shockwave Therapy is a new and effective treatment that helps cure or reduce pain in a number of musculoskeletal conditions. Originally used to treat kidney stones, shockwave therapy is now increasingly used to help pain and injury – mostly of tendons. Physiotherapy London is one of the few physiotherapy clinics in the UK to be registered with BUPA as a shockwave therapy provider. We will be providing the service at our Canary Wharf clinic.
Shockwave Therapy London
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Shockwave Therapy is a non-surgical treatment that promotes healing of chronic tendon, muscle, or ligament injuries.
It is used to treat many orthopaedic conditions, including but not limited to the following:
- Calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder or elbow
- Achilles tendinopathy or tendonitis
- Golfer’s elbow
- Heel spurs (Plantar fasciitis)
- Hamstring tendonitis
- Jumper’s knee (Patellar tendinopathy)
- Tennis elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
- Trochanteric bursitis.
Shockwave therapy is a mechanical therapy. A probe is used to exert high pressure pulse waves into an injured structure. This causes a biological reaction of tissue cells. This also encourages blood flow to the area, further promoting healing. By promoting a new inflammatory or healing response tissue healing and repair is then facilitated.
Most sessions take only 15-20 minutes, and most people require only 3 sessions.
We use an industry leading device – the Zimmer enPuls Shockwave – specifically because it delivers a patented “Soft Shot” pulse which is much less likely to cause excessive discomfort during treatment. If the problem is over bony areas can be uncomfortable. The pressure can be adjusted during treatment to reduce the intensity of any pain. Ice or analgesia can also improve the comfort of the procedure.
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Most conditions are successfully treated with 3-6 sessions of shockwave therapy. The cost of 3 sessions is £275. This is covered by some insurers.