• Pain of the Forearm Muscles
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis or Golfer’s elbow)
  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin splints)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Cervical Syndrome (chronic neck pain)
  • Calcific Tendonitis (calcareous shoulder)
  • Lumbago (lower back pain)
  • Piriformis syndrome & Sciatica (Pain travelling down the leg)
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Heel spur

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a treatment that offers dramatic pain relief and restoration of mobility that is non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free. It is extremely effective in treating tendon injuries, and can be used for both acute and chronic pain.

The principle behind shockwaves are that when high energy waves are pulsed into an injured area, this leads to:

A controlled injury – much like how lasers can eliminate pigmentation on the skin by burning off the brown spots, ESWT similarly creates a controlled injury that signals the body to heal damaged tissue, consequently creating new and healthy tissue.

Angiogenesis – new blood vessels are created which brings more healing blood to the damaged area.

Analgesia/pain relief – some patients report total, or near total pain-relief within 1 session.

For optimal results, we recommend a series of 4 weekly treatments, followed by at least 3 months of rest. Each treatment will typically take around 10-15mins.

Here are but a handful of the numerous 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.)

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 clear up within a few days.