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Shockwave Therapy In London

Speed up recovery from painful tendon & ligament injuries with our advanced Shockwave Therapy, available in Central London. Proven to provide effective relief within 1 to 3 sessions for most patients.

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is an evidence-based procedure that uses audible high-energy sound waves, passed through the skin, to an injured tendon or ligament.

Shockwaves have been used in medicine to break down kidney stones. More recently, in musculoskeletal medicine, they are used to stimulate the metabolism and blood circulation to damaged tissue to encourage it to regenerate and heal. Essentially, this breaks up scar tissue within the injured tendon or ligament to enable it to re-heal without the scarring.

Up to 80% of patients report significant improvement in their symptoms after just 3 treatments sessions, with many reporting pain relief straight after their first treatment.

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Will Shockwave Therapy Help Me?

Most tendon problems throughout the body will benefit from shockwave therapy.
The most common are:

  • Plantar Fasciitis/heel-pain
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Patella Tendinopathy
  • Adductor Tendinopathy
  • Hamstring Tendinopathy
  • Glute Tendinopathy/Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • De Quervains Tenosynovitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Tendinopathies including Calcific Tendinitis
  • Frozen Shoulder

What Does Shockwave Therapy Treatment Involve?

1 Relax

You will be asked to lie down on a treatment bed in a comfortable position.

2 Application

The therapist will apply ultrasound gel to the treatment head and apply it to the painful tendon. The hand piece will then deliver compressed air pulses through the gel.

3 Increase Intensity

The pressure you feel will be gradually increased until it is within a set-range, taking into account your specific pain tolerance.

4 Tension Release

During treatment our therapist may switch to a larger treatment head. This is to release tension in the muscles surrounding the painful tendon.

5 Duration

The whole treatment will last for approximately 15-30 mins.

What Are the Benefits of Shockwave Therapy?

Pain Relief

Provides relief from pain and other symptoms within 1 to 3 treatments for most patients.

Expedites Healing

Shockwave Therapy speeds up the body’s natural healing process.

Minimally Invasive

Treatment is as an outpatient and is a realistic alternative to surgery.

Compliments Physio Treatment

Shockwave Therapy can be supplementary to your Physiotherapy treatment to reduce recovery time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Extracorporeal refers to a medical procedure that is performed outside of the body (i.e. non-invasive). So Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) simply means Shockwave Therapy that is applied on the outside of the injured area.

You will usually need a course of 3-5 treatments. Treatments will take place 7-10 days apart.

Insurance companies including BUPA and AXA PPP will cover some sessions of Shockwave Therapy. Contact them directly for more information and to get a pre-authorisation code for treatment.

If your cover is with another provider, you may wish to liaise with them to establish if they will fund your Shockwave Therapy treatment.

Treatment takes place in one of our London based clinics. If your insurance company will not cover the costs of your Shockwave Therapy treatment, we offer competitively priced one off treatments. Or, for more value, we offer packages of 3 and 5 treatments. Full details can be found on our prices page.

You will be able to get up, leave the clinic and return to your normal activities immediately following the session. If you are experiencing an increase in pain, take some over-the-counter painkillers, like paracetamol, but not anti-inflammatories.

Refrain from high-intensity or aggravating activities for the first 48 hours. Your physiotherapist will advise you on when is best to resume your home exercise programme.

Shockwave Therapy is available at our Central London physiotherapy clinics in St John’s Wood and Chancery Lane.

We accept self-referrals, referrals from physiotherapists and consultants/doctors.  
For further information, or to book an appointment, contact us or book online now.

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