Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain, approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). It is a type of targeted therapy that uses acoustic shock waves to eliminate calcifications in soft tissue, improve collagen synthesis, release growth factors, and stimulate the body's healing process. The list of adverse effects (AE) associated with ESWT is quite short. Mild AEs include transient discomfort, skin erythema, and localized swelling.
The most serious but exceptionally rare AEs are Achilles tendon rupture, humeral head osteonecrosis (after focused ESWT) and calcaneal stress-type fracture (presumed after a focused ESWT).Depending on the severity of the pain and the number of areas being treated, the results may take less time to become apparent. For some patients, it may require one year of treatment, usually 3 to 6 treatments, for optimal results. Shockwave therapy can be repeated up to a total of 18 sessions.When undergoing shock wave treatment, the therapist will use a portable device connected to a machine that converts compressed air into sound waves. Most patients require three sessions of shock wave therapy, each one week apart, before noticing significant pain relief.In the days following treatment, the body will work to naturally cure any localized inflammation caused by the sound waves and stimulate cell repair and regeneration.
The damaged or injured tissues then begin to repair themselves and reduce the associated pain.If you have scar tissue in the area that contributes to pain, shock wave therapy will also help break down this thick, fibrous tissue. Your specialist may be able to adjust how you use the shockwave device if the pain is significant.Shockwave therapy is beneficial for patients with painful conditions of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) and joints and bones. Before undergoing any treatment, your specialist will prepare your complete medical history to assess your suitability for shock wave therapy.Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is an advanced treatment that can help cure a wide range of conditions. It is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and help you stay active.
Shockwave therapy can be repeated up to a total of 18 sessions for optimal results.