Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment that assists with the body’s natural healing process. It involves sending shockwaves through your skin towards the painful, affected & damaged tissue. These audible low energy sound waves work by increasing blood flow to the injured area. This initiates an inflammatory response in the injured tissue, accelerating the body’s natural healing process by increasing blood circulation & metabolism in the affected area. The shockwaves can break down injured tissues & calcifications & produce
ESWT is a highly effective treatment for chronic tendon disorders and is widely used in practice. Research demonstrates a 70-80% success rate across a vast range of conditions. It may not work for everyone, but it helps most people when other conservative treatments have failed. It has helped many people to avoid undergoing invasive or surgical treatments.
What to expect during and after treatment
Most patients do experience some discomfort during the procedure. You will be asked how much pain you are in during the treatment & we can adjust the treatment accordingly to help manage this. The pain will stop at the end of your procedure.
You will be able to get up & walk straight away following treatment. If you do need need to take any painkillers you can take over the counter medication (such as paracetamol) but you should avoid non steroidal anti inflammatory or anti coagulant medication (ibuprofen or aspirin) or ice therapy as these can interfere with the body’s healing process.
Shockwave Therapy has only minimal risks. Typical device related non-serious adverse events are:
EMS SWISS DOLORCLAST® Shockwave Therapy is approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and is also FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved as a medical device. SWISS DOLORCLAST® is the only class III FDA approved Shockwave device.
SWISS DOLORCLAST® Shockwave Therapy is the recommended first line treatment for plantar heel pain can help in the treatment of other conditions including