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what is shockwave therapy?

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what is shockwave therapy?

Keeping you on your feet

 

What is Shockwave Therapy?

A revolutionary treatment that used to be reserved for elite athletes now available in Belfast.

Shockwave Therapy or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) was originally used in urology to breakdown kidney stones, relieving patients from their symptoms and invasive surgery. It is now being used successfully in orthopedics.

Shockwave has been found to be an effective treatment for predominantly tendon injuries and orthopaedic conditions. We have successfully treated Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy and Patellar Tendinopathy. Many studies have been published supporting a success rate of approx 80%.

How does it work?

Our shockwave therapy is conducted by our qualified Podiatrists. It uses a pneumatically powered handpiece that generate radial shockwaves, which are transmitted to the site of the injury through a conducting gel. Our machine is the EMS SwissDolor Master, which is the gold standard in shockwave therapy.

The treatment session uses 2000-3000 pulsed shockwaves into the affected area and lasts approximately 3-10 minutes. Some patients will notice pain relief immediately after therapy, others can take up to 4-5 sessions to achieve significant pain relief.

The body’s natural healing process continues after the prescribed course of shockwave therapy, this can take up to 3 months. Part of the treatment  plan will also include advice on how to manage your condition and rehabilitation to strengthen the area, which will minimise the risk of re-injury.

It addition to providing immediate pain relief, it has also been found to be effective for promoting tendon repair. It does this by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels into the tissues, promoting growth factors, increasing cell proliferation, decreasing inflammation and mobilising stem cells. Essentially not just fixing your pain, but putting you in a stronger position before you had the injury.