Extra-Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
Extra-Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is used for the treatment of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. This non-invasive procedure uses shockwaves (an electromagnetic shock wave that focuses on a central point as a pressure wave) that stimulates the healing of problematic tissue. ESWT offers an advantage over traditional surgical procedures due its non-invasive approach which releases shock waves that are delivered to injured bodily tissue. The shocks create a micro-trauma to the tissue that stimulates the healing process.
ESWT helps the following conditions:
- Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow
- Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
- Patellar tendinitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- A non-united fracture
- Trochanteric bursitis
During the treatment, the sound waves emitted stimulate the healing of many physical disorders such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar facilities and shoulder calcification. ESWT has been also approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
How is the treatment performed?
Three treatments are performed at weekly intervals. Treatments are simple without any injections. The patients affected area is positioned against the ESWT machine while a shock wave is delivered to the area in which the patient feels as a pulse. Treatments begin at the lowest intensity level. Here, some discomfort may be felt. After half a second, the body becomes used to the sensation. To date, there haven`t been any serious harmful side effects reported.
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After your ESWT treatment
After treatment, patients are free to leave immediately and should experience no discomfort. There might be slight worsening of pain for a limited time in days to follow. Some patients take paracetamol for pain management and on rare occasions, some patients might get slight bruising.