November 12, 2018
HFS Clinics is now offering Shockwave therapy treatment. Aimee Higgs, our specialist physiotherapist, now uses this as part of her service. Here is a short article explaining what shockwave therapy is and how it can benefit you.
What is Shockwave therapy?
The term shockwave indicates to pressure pulses which act as an acoustic wave through the body. This can stimulate a healing response at a cellular level by carrying high energy to specific points of pain to promote regeneration of the soft tissues. The acoustic waves generated by the shockwave lead to faster and long-term healing and renewal of the soft tissue. This is a highly effective treatment in orthopaedics and rehabilitation medicine.
What can Shockwave therapy treat?
Shockwave therapy is becoming recognised as an adjunct to physiotherapy in the treatment of specific conditions such as:
- Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Patellar tendonitis
- Proximal hamstring tendinopathy
- Achilles tendonitis
- Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
Shockwave therapy works best in conjunction with physiotherapy. The combined treatment will have the most positive effect as it addresses the painful site as well as the underlying biomechanical issues in order to prevent re-occurrence of problems.
Is Shockwave therapy painful?
A few individuals find shockwave therapy a little uncomfortable, but the physiotherapist can adjust the setting to suit the comfort levels and the tolerance of the patient.
What to expect during the first consultation?
At your first consultation, our physiotherapist will discuss with you any symptoms and conditions you are experiencing. The shockwave therapy will be fully explained before the treatment commences.
Please also note that should the physiotherapist feel that shockwave therapy is not appropriate for your symptoms, this will be explained, and other more suitable treatments will be discussed.
Shockwave therapy typically lasts for 10-15 minutes. There are no known side effects, and most people experience a reduction in their symptoms.
If you would like more information on Shockwave therapy or would like to make an appointment, then please give us a call today on 0207 702 1112. We are happy to discuss this treatment with you.