Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy Treats:

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy | Elbow & Wrist Injuries
  • Pain of the Forearm Muscles known as Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfer’s elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Wrist, hand, and finger numbness and tingling
Shockwave Therapy | Knee & Shin Pain
  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin splints)
Shockwave Treatment | Neck, Shoulder & Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Shoulder & Rotator Cuff Pain
  • Cervical Syndrome (chronic neck pain)
  • Calcific Tendonitis (calcareous shoulder)
ESWT | Lower Back & Glutes Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Piriformis syndrome & Sciatica (Pain travelling down the leg)
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spur
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Heel spur

Shockwave Treatment FAQs


Shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a method of treating injuries using soundwaves directed through the skin, without the use of any drugs or surgery.

Shockwave therapy signals the body to quickly remove damaged tissue, regenerate healthy tissue, lubricate the joints, and to grow new blood vessels in the area treated.

Depending on the area of treatment, each session could take anywhere from 10-25mins to complete.

For optimal results, we recommend a series of 4 treatments, each done a week apart, followed by at least 2 months of rest. Each treatment will typically take around 10-25mins.

Here are some abstracts from scientific studies done on ESWT:

  • “The most favorable outcomes for use of ESWT have been seen in randomized controlled trials of its use in patients with calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff” (Harniman et al. 2004, Cosentino et al. 2003, Loew et al. 1999, Wang 2003).
  • “ESWT has been shown to be an effective intervention for Achilles tendinopathy, when compared with a no-treatment approach or when combined in a multimodal treatment approach.” (Rompe et al. 2007)
  • “ESWT was an effective treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis, in particular high-energy ESWT, given the relatively higher success rates and quicker resolution of symptoms when compared with low-energy ESWT.” (Ronald De Vera Barredo, Dale Menna, and James Farris at Tennessee State University and Arkansas State University.)
  • “75% of patients with patellar tendonitis would see improvement after treatment with ESWT. Additionally, no adverse effects or complications were identified, leading the authors to recommend additional research into shockwave therapy not only as an alternative to surgery in chronic cases, but as a first- or second-line treatment for less severe cases of patellar tendonitis.” (University of Groningen in the Netherlands reviewed seven trials of ESWT for patellar tendonitis.)
  • “More effective than corticosteroid injections for plantar fasciitis.” (Pain Med 2016:17:1722-1731)

    You can read more scientific studies here.

The most common side effect is temporary redness of the skin. This usually fades within the hour. Some people report very slight bruising, which typically clears up within a few days.

It is not advisable to perform any vigorous or high-intensity exercise after treatment. Due to the significant pain relief from the shockwave treatment, you could be tempted to exercise a little more rigorously after your session. This could potentially interfere with your healing or even injure you further. Also depending on the area treated, one can usually resume low-intensity exercises like swimming, brisk walking, cycling, or slow and controlled bodyweight exercises, within a day of your treatment.

Treatment of pregnant women
Treatment of completely ruptured tendons or muscles
Patients under the age of 18 (except for Osgood-Schlatters disease)
Treatment of patients with blood clotting disorders including local thrombosis
Treatment of patients treated with oral anticoagulants
Treatment of tissue with local tumors or local bacterial and/or viral infections
Treatment of patients treated with cortisone