NON-SURGICAL SOLUTIONS TO PERSISTENT PROBLEMS
Shockwave Therapy, or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a revolutionary system that delivers sound waves to afflicted areas and aids recovery. LifePlus Clinics is proud to offer this latest rehabilitation technology. Shockwave Therapy is clinically proven, covered by private health insurers, recognised by the top orthopaedic hospitals and used by high profile professional sports bodies such as the English Institute of Sport, UK Athletics, Welsh Rugby Union and many Premiere League football clubs.
Whether your injury, pain or chronic condition has been caused by the wear and tear of daily activities, exercise, pregnancy, ageing or accidents, musculoskeletal disorders and soft tissue injuries can be debilitating. Many people think that surgery is the only answer but are worried about taking such a risky step. At LifePlus we take a low-impact, non-surgical route, which allows for speedy recovery. SHOCKWAVE THERAPY (ESWT) involves passing short, intense sound waves into affected tissues, which increases blood flow, has an analgesic effect and stimulates repair and regeneration. The treatment puts the cells into repair mode and allows your body to restart its own accelerated healing process.
Visit our Shockwave Experts Paul Hobrough and Benoy Mathew at our central London, Harley Street clinic for a full consultation.
HOW IT WORKS
Shockwave Therapy provides effective results by:
- Increasing cell wall permeability, allowing ionic transfer
- Stimulating microcirculation (blood, lymphatic releasing substance P, responsible for pain modulation)
- Releasing nitric oxide, which increases cell metabolism and neoangenesis and has an anti-inflammatory effect, stimulating the body’s own cells to help recovery
- Shockwave Therapy can also break down calcium deposits and release myofascial trigger points (myogeloses)
There are two types of Shockwaves - Focused (ESWT) and radial (RSWT). They differ in a number of ways, the physical principles are different from the way they are generated, the energy and energy density of each wave as well as the penetration depths into the tissue. Radial shockwaves are suited for conditions nearer the surface, for deeper target areas focused shockwave therapy is more effective.
The following conditions are the most commonly treated with Shockwave therapy:
• Jumper’s Knee
• Painful Shoulder
• Tennis Elbow
• Heel Spur
• Plantar Faciitis
• Insertional Pain
• Chronic tendinopathy
• Medial tibial stress syndrome
• Hip pain
A full no obligation consultation is required to determine the level and frequency of treatments.
Why does Shockwave have so many applications?
For two reasons. Shockwaves work on your body at a cellular level to trigger responses, such as stimulating your cells to help the body to heal itself. Secondly, Shockwave Therapy is a blanket term covering several types of treatment – focused shockwave, radial pressure waves and vibration therapy. These all act in a similar, but slightly different way, which means Shockwave Therapy can treat all sorts of conditions.
Is Shockwave Therapy safe?
Yes. It has NICE guidance and FDA approval for a large number of indications.
Can Shockwave treat old/persistent injuries, or is it only for new problems?
There is a great deal of evidence to show that Shockwave can achieve great results even with historical conditions.
Is Shockwave painful?
It depends. Focused Shockwave is not painful at all. You should feel that something is happening but it is more of a sensation rather than pain. Radial Shockwave you may feel slight discomfort to begin with. However, the treatment is delivered with a low amount of energy at first, which is increased as your body gets used to it. Shockwave Therapy creates an analgesic effect, many patients report an immediate relief following shockwave therapy from the pain caused by their chronic conditions.