Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a novel non-invasive therapeutic modality and the clinical application of ESWT steadily has increased, over the years, in the field of Physiotherapy. Over the last two decades, ESWT has been used as a method for musculoskeletal disorders and the stimulation of bone growth and it enhance the body`s healing response.
Thus, the shock waves are used for the treatment of various orthopaedic conditions including plantar fasciitis, shoulder tendinopathy, elbow tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy, and Achilles tendinopathy.
Recently, shockwave treatment has been extended to treat other conditions, including femoral head necrosis, patellar, knee, jaw, osteochondritis, and calcified shoulder tendonitis.
Shockwave therapy can help you return to normal function quickly and offer you a strategy to prevent future problems. Shockwaves stimulate pain nerves releasing substance P. It is this substance that causes pain, including slight discomfort during and after. Following intervention, the level of this peptide is decreased, so you will note a pain-relieving effect.
The FDA has approved the use of ESWT for the treatment of plantar fasciopathy. However, several high-quality randomized clinical trials (RCT) have provided substantial evidence that ESWT is a safe and effective, non-invasive option for treating tendinopathy throughout the musculoskeletal system.
An optimum treatment protocol for ESWT appears to be at least three treatment sessions at 1-week intervals, with 2000 impulses per session and the highest energy flux density that can be possibly applied. It may require 7 to 10 sessions to achieve maximal possible recovery.
The success rate ranged from 65% to 91%, and the complications were low and negligible with MP200 Ultra shockwaves units. This therapy that is best of its kind is now available at River Physio clinic. The dosage and frequency are always decided by our Consultant Physiotherapist after discussing with you. The rate and speed of recovery is faster with us.