(Extracorporeal) Shockwave Therapy treatment (ESWT) is a clinically proven treatment available for patients presenting primarily with chronic tendon disorders. This is a successful second line treatment for patients who fail to respond to appropriate conservative management including physiotherapy. Shockwave is a procedure where sound waves of energy are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body using a special device. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric and work by increasing blood flow to the injured area. This accelerates the body’s healing process.The ESWT application lasts about 5 minutes to deliver the shockwave energy and you must attend for 3 sessions over 3 consecutive weeks. Patients must have an on-going tendinopathy or calcification for more than 6 months and have failed at least one course of conservative treatment such as physiotherapy, injection therapy or orthotics. All patients must have had some imaging to confirm diagnosis prior to ESWT.
Please make an appointment with our specialists to discuss this treatment/review.
To learn more, please click on https://www.mkuh.nhs.uk/patient-information-leaflet/shockwave-therapy