Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

photoWhat is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)? 

ESWT is an exciting new non-invasive procedure carried out in our Out-patients department. No anaesthetic, medication or surgery is required. Once you have been referred by your GP treatment can start almost immediately after assessment by the consultant.

The sound waves promoted during the treatment, stimulate healing for many physical disorders including plantar fascitis, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, golfers elbow, tennis elbow and shoulder calcification.

The technology has been approved by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), Spire Clinical Governance and Medical advisory Committee.

How does it work?

  • A Shockwave is generated in the hand piece
  • The Shockwave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the hand piece.
  • The Shockwave radiates out, extending to the entire area where pain occurs
  • Usually no more than 3-4 sessions are needed
  • Per session: approximately 2000 impulses at 2.5 bars and 4000 impulses for trigger point treatment
  • No anaesthetic is required
  • No surgery or other therapy is required and treatment can usually start straight away.

Indications for ESWT

1. Achilles Tendonitis – Painful irritation of the Achilles tendon
2. Plantar Fascitis – Painful, mostly chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia
3. Calcific Tendonitis – Painful limitation of shoulder movement due to calcification

We use the Swiss Dolordast ESWT machine – what’s the advantage?

ESWT offers two main advantages over traditional surgical methods: fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity

  • no anaesthesia
  • non invasive
  • no medication
  • no surgery
  • fast treatment – 30 minutes per session, 3-4 sessions required
  • fewer complications
  • virtually painless after treatment
  • quick recovery and quick results

Treatment costs

You will require an initial consultation with the Consultant to ascertain if you are suitable for this treatment.  If you have private medical insurance, speak to your insurance company as many treatments are covered by your insurance.

If you wish to pay for your own treatment, we have a fixed price for a course of 3 treatments; if you need more than 3 treatments then additional fees will be billed. The number of treatments you will need will be agreed with you in advance by your consultant. We offer two scales of treatment: Certain conditions benefit from ultrasound treatment prior to ESWT therapy, your consultant will advise if this is necessary.