Shockwave therapy, a relatively new ‘treatment’ certainly in the UK, is MAKING WAVES!
Shockwave therapy, as the name implies, delivers a clinical shockwave to the body part being treated. It delivers a computerised pre-programmed and/or clinician led shockwave treatment that can be used for many musculoskeletal problems, such as:
- Tennis & Golfers elbows
- Achilles tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heal Spurs
And many others! Find out more on the Central Shockwave page here
Even the National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommend it for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and other musculoskeletal conditions https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg311
Shockwave therapy was developed for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions after being used for gall and kidney stone shockwave treatment many decades ago. It is used for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and has relatively high success rate 60-80%, and is proving very effective for chronic (old, long term) musculoskeletal conditions as above.
Orthopaedic consultants use it but it is not readily available on the NHS currently.
Its good stuff you know! So if you want to experience something new, having already tried steroid injections, physio, acupuncture etc, which has good levels of success – find a local shockwave therapy provider , such as Central Health, and discuss your needs.
Find out more about Shockwave Therapy at Central Health here
Blog compiled by Kevin Huffington, Clinical Director and Lead Physiotherapist at Central Health