Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) uses mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave within the human body. This promotes better healing by producing microtrauma and neovascularization (new blood flow) into the affected area.
Current research reports success rates between 65 and 91% in reducing patient’s pain and symptoms after a course of 3-5 sessions.
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It is used to treat a growing number of tendon, joint and muscle conditions. It even helps with bone healing and is commonly used for stress fractures, non union of bones and avascular necrosis.
The NICE Guidlines support the use of ESWT for tennis elbow (where results in double blind studies are reported as excellent) chronic tendinitis of the knee and shoulder rotator cuff pain. It also treats achilles tendinitis, hamstring tendinitis and plantar fasciitis successfully. Current research reports success rates between 65 and 91% in reducing patient’s pain and symptoms after a course of 3-5 sessions.