Shockwave therapy can treat a whole host of conditions across multiple areas of the body, this includes:
- Achilles pain or tendinopathy
- Tennis or golfer's elbow
- Heel pain (plantar faciitis)
It is also used for treating fractures that have failed to heal successfully, such as displaced, non-union and stress fractures.
How is treatment carried out?
Shockwave therapy does not require anaesthetic, in most cases it is at most uncomfortable rather than painful. To ease any symptoms, painkillers can be taken just before your treatment.
A small amount of gel is applied to the skin and the shock wave probe is then pressed lightly onto the skin to deliver the rapid impulses. Each session typically lasts 5-15 minutes, and the number of sessions required will vary according to your consultant's opinion.