Shockwave Therapy: How Does It Work and What Are Its Benefits?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that stimulates the body's natural healing process. It is used to relieve pain and promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue. This is achieved by releasing growth factors in the injured tissue. Sound waves stimulate blood flow to the area and also cause a small amount of localized inflammation.

In the days following treatment, the body will work to naturally cure this inflammation and, in doing so, will stimulate cell repair and regeneration. The damaged or injured tissues then begin to repair themselves and reduce the associated pain. The compression and suction phases of the explosion dynamics manifest themselves as shock waves and displacement waves, respectively. The effects of a shock wave depend on the explosive charge, the distance from the explosion, and the terrain and surroundings.

Tears, implosion, inertia and pressure differences are mechanisms by which injury can be inflicted on the human body, especially organs containing gas. Shockwave therapy was originally developed to help urologists treat kidney stones non-invasively, in the late 1990s. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which provides guidance, advice and information to health professionals, approves the use of shock wave therapy to relieve musculoskeletal pain in clinics and hospitals in the United Kingdom. An example of this is extracorporeal shock wave (SWT) therapy, commonly known as shock wave therapy. Most patients require three sessions of shock wave therapy, each one week apart, before noticing significant pain relief.

Therefore, shock wave therapy is a type of targeted therapy that only treats injured or damaged areas. The King Edward VII Hospital offers shock wave therapy and here, the consulting foot and ankle surgeon, Mr. Lloyd Williams explains how the treatment works, what conditions it can be effective for and which may be suitable. Shockwave therapy is an innovative therapy that can treat specific pain in bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment if administered in a professional setting, but there are circumstances where it is not recommended.

Other benefits of shockwave therapy include stimulating osteoblasts, which are the cells needed for new bone production and bone healing. Your specialist may be able to adjust how you use the shockwave device if the pain is significant. Shockwave therapy treatment can stimulate the body's natural healing process and accelerate the healing of soft tissue injuries by increasing circulation. Shock wave therapy is also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) or radial shock wave therapy (RSWT). Before undergoing any treatment, your specialist will prepare your complete medical history to assess your suitability for shock wave therapy.

We offer a variety of treatment options to patients suffering from orthopedic injuries or conditions, including shock wave therapy. Shockwave therapy is beneficial for patients with painful conditions of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) and joints (bones). When undergoing shock wave treatment, the therapist will use a portable device connected to a machine that converts compressed air into sound waves.