Shockwave treatment

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a treatment that applies high energy waves directly to the site of injury or pain. It is delivered via a device that is placed on the surface of the skin. Most patients respond to three treatment sessions, each of which lasts about 10 minutes. These sessions are usually carried out once a week over a three week period. Shockwave Therapy allows for effective, non-invasive treatment, often removing the need for needles or surgery.

Shockwave Therapy often produces an analgesic effect that reduces pain for several days. Complete pain relief usually occurs 4-6 weeks after completing the course of treatment.  

The therapy increases blood circulation by stimulating the formation of new blood vessels and cell generation, facilitating the body’s repair process. In addition, the shockwaves produce an anti-inflammatory effect.

Shockwave therapy was first developed during the 1990s as a treatment for dissolving kidney stones.

Conditions that may be appropriate for treatment with Shockwave Therapy include calcific tendonitis of the shoulder, tennis and golfers elbow, patella and Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

For further information about this treatment visit Dorset Shockwave Clinic.