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Shockwave Therapy FAQs

Posted on 7th October 2020 by

Here at goPhysio, we are able to offer and provide Shockwave Therapy (a.k.a. Extracorpeal Shockwave Therapy or ECSWT, ESWT, SWT or Shockwave), as an integral part of your treatment plan.

Many research studies have shown that Shockwave Therapy simulates new healthy tissue growth and is among the most effective treatments available today for stubborn soft tissue injuries like Achilles Tendonopathy, Tennis Elbow and Plantar Fasciitis.

Here we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about SWT.

How does shockwave therapy work?

Shockwave Therapy is a safe, non-invasive procedure that is an effective treatment if you are suffering from tendon, muscle or joint disorders. It’s a genuine alternative to steroid injections or surgery.

The shockwave machine, produces ‘energy waves’ which are targeted to the injured tissues, bringing about it’s beneficial effects. It is a mechanical wave, not an electric one. The mechanical waves kicks off inflammation in the area. In turn, the body responds by increasing blood flow to that area which accelerates the body’s own natural healing process. The shock waves can also break down injured tissue and calcifications.

The shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process, helping you recover faster. It is particularly effective when used to treat long standing conditions, conditions that continue to re-occur or conditions that have not been successfully managed through traditional treatment methods.

What sort of people can shockwave therapy help?

  • Have you had a stubborn injury like Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow or Achilles Tendonopathy pain for some time?
  • Have you tried lot’s of other things yourself, other treatments, resting or gadgets, but nothing has worked?
  • Is your issue stopping you doing lot’s of the things you’d normally enjoy?
  • Are you facing a steroid injection or maybe even surgery?

If so, shockwave therapy could be for you.

The most recognised conditions that shockwave therapy can help include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis (Read the NICE Guidelines here)
  • Achilles Tendinopathy (Read the NICE Guidelines here)
  • Golfers Elbow (medial Epicondylitis)
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral Epicondylitis) (Read the NICE Guidelines here)
  • Calcific Tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Other tendonopathies, including patellar, biceps and rotator cuff

Is the treatment painful?

You will definitely feel the treatment. Some people experience pain but this is tolerable. Following the treatment, you may experience redness, bruising, swelling and numbness to the area. But this will improve within a few days and these are all normal reactions to the treatment.

How many sessions will I need?

The research backed protocols outline that most conditions will require 3-6 sessions of shockwave therapy. Additional sessions may be required if the condition is very long standing.

You will get most benefit if the sessions are spaced out weekly.

At goPhysio, shockwave treatment is included in your physiotherapy appointment fee (most places charge £100’s extra for this treatment). So, you get the unique benefit of ensuring your recovery is enhanced with the combined approach of SWT and physio.

What happens during a session?

Initially you will have a thorough assessment by one of our Physiotherapists to ascertain if Shockwave Therapy is the most appropriate treatment for your injury. Our unique approach means that we will combine Shockwave with other appropriate treatments to make sure you make a full recovery.

During a Shockwave treatment, your Physiotherapist will find the location of the pain by searching for painful points. Some gel is applied to the skin, which improves the contact between the skin and the hand piece, to allow the shockwaves to penetrate the body properly. 

The Shockwave therapy machine is used to deliver a series of acoustic wave pulsations directly to the site of your injury. The treatment itself can be a little painful, although this is tolerable.

The actual treatment time spent receiving the shockwave therapy is typically less than fifteen minutes. However, your treatment sessions will also include education, advice and an appropriate post treatment plan from our experienced Clinicians to further support your recovery.

Are there any side effects to be aware of?

You need to be aware that there are some potential side effects of Shockwave. You may experience:

  • Pain & discomfort – This can occur during or after treatment & usually subsides within 1-2 days.
  • Transient skin reddening and/or bruising at the treatment site.
  • Transient minor skin irritation or damage at the treatment site.
  • Temporary numbness in the area.

These are all normal reactions that indicate your natural healing process has been stimulated.

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Shockwave Therapy for Achilles Tendinopathies

Posted on 2nd October 2020 by

Achilles tendon injuries or Tendinopathies are typically not related to a specific incident or injury, but instead are a result of overloading or overusing the tendon over a period of time. Your achilles tendon basically is complaining because it can’t cope with the physical demands that are being placed upon it! 

Many people suffer from Achilles Tendinopathies. Symptoms can include waking up with stiffness in your achilles tendon accompanied by difficulty walking downstairs. It often eases with light activity or movement, but gets worse again after high level activity, such as a long walk, running or climbing lots of stairs. Often after sitting or resting it stiffens up again and the pain returns. 

Achilles Tendinopathy

Like with Plantar Fasciitis, people who suffer with Achilles Tendinopathies experience the ‘yo-yoing’ of pain, rest, pain, rest! Before you know it, you’ve limited your activities and sports to avoid the pain. And just like Plantar Fasciitis, identifying the underlying cause is crucial. It could be flattened arches, poor training habits in running, footwear, lack of flexibility in other muscles, weak areas – many issues (or a combination of issues) can lead to Achilles Tendinopathy. 

Mild cases can resolve with rest, but this is rare. Because most people take the ‘wait and see’ approach, Achilles Tendinopathy can be a long standing (chronic) condition, before you seek expert help. If this is the case or if you’ve tried other treatments with no success, SWT can be a very effective treatment to stop your pain and start your recovery.

At goPhysio, we’d always take an approach where alongside tackling the pain, we’d also analyse and address what’s caused your Achilles Tendinopathy in the first place. Without doing this, you risk getting it again. So, with our expert guidance and holistic care, we give you the best possible chance of long term, recovery. 

Read more about achilles tendon injuries here.

There are many treatment options when it comes to resolving achilles tendinopathies. These include:

  • A wait & see approach (can just leave it and hope it will get better in time, which many will do within 8 – 12 months, it just depends whether you can live with it).
  • Physiotherapy – including strengthening exercises, stretches, manual treatment techniques and taping.
  • Acupuncture (which many Physio’s will do as part of their treatment).
  • Activity modification – a crucial part of successful treatment.
  • Medication, including pain killers and anti-inflammatories.

These forms of treatment can all be very effective for a mild or fairly recent onset of achilles tendinopathies. .

More invasive treatment options for more long standing or severe cases can include:

  • Corticio-steroid injection.
  • Surgery.

Shockwave Therapy for Achilles Tendinopathies

However, steroid injections and surgery really are a last resort, there is no guarantee of success with either of these treatment options. A very worthwhile alternative for more severe, long-standing cases that may have failed to get better with other treatments is Shockwave Therapy.

With Shockwave Therapy, ‘shock waves’ are passed through the skin to the affected area using a special device. It’s a non-invasive and relatively pain-free treatment. The medical name for this procedure is ‘extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory tennis elbow’. ‘Extracorporeal’ means outside the body and ‘refractory’ means that the condition does not respond to conventional treatments. The ‘shock waves’ are inaudible, high-energy sound waves. How many sessions you will need depends on the severity of your pain and how long you’ve had the problem for. However, 4 – 6 are normally recommend.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states that shockwave therapy is safe, although it can cause minor side effects, including bruising and reddening of skin in the area being treated.

Research shows that shockwave therapy can help improve the pain of achilles tendinopathies in some cases. However, it may not work in all cases, and further research is needed.

What next?

If you’ve been suffering with achilles tendinopathy and want help, get in touch. You can have a free no obligation phone call to see whether it may help you.

Alternatively, book straight in to see one of our Physiotherapists. They will carry out a full assessment of your elbow and put together a recovery plan for you. If they think shockwave treatment is going to help you, they can get started straight away. Unlike many clinics. we include shockwave therapy in the cost of your appointments, with no additional charges.

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Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow

Posted on 9th September 2020 by

‘Tennis elbow’ is pain or inflammation on the outside of the elbow. Despite it’s name, it isn’t regularly seen in tennis players but is common in the general population who may use their arms a lot as part of their work or daily activities.

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In addition to pain, other symptoms of tennis elbow can include weakness or stiffness in the arm. It is usually caused by overuse, so repetitive movements in the same area that your body isn’t able to cope with or adapt to.

There are many treatment options when it comes to resolving tennis elbow. These include:

  • A wait & see approach (can just leave it and hope it will get better in time, which many will do within 8 – 12 months, it just depends whether you can live with it).
  • Physiotherapy – including strengthening exercises, stretches, manual treatment techniques and taping.
  • Acupuncture (which many Physio’s will do as part of their treatment).
  • Activity modification – a crucial part of successful treatment.
  • Medication, including pain killers and anti-inflammatories.

These forms of treatment can all be very effective for a mild or fairly recent onset of tennis elbow.

More invasive treatment options for more long standing or severe cases can include:

  • Corticio-steroid injection.
  • Surgery.

Shockwave Therapy for Tennis Elbow

However, steroid injections and surgery really are a last resort, there is no guarantee of success with either of these treatment options. A very worthwhile alternative for more severe, long-standing cases that may have failed to get better with other treatments is Shockwave Therapy.

With Shockwave Therapy, ‘shock waves’ are passed through the skin to the affected area using a special device. It’s a non-invasive and relatively pain-free treatment. The medical name for this procedure is ‘extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory tennis elbow’. ‘Extracorporeal’ means outside the body and ‘refractory’ means that the condition does not respond to conventional treatments. The ‘shock waves’ are inaudible, high-energy sound waves. How many sessions you will need depends on the severity of your pain and how long you’ve had the problem for. However, 4 – 6 are normally recommend.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states that shockwave therapy is safe, although it can cause minor side effects, including bruising and reddening of skin in the area being treated.

Research shows that shockwave therapy can help improve the pain of tennis elbow in some cases. However, it may not work in all cases, and further research is needed.

What next?

If you’ve been suffering with tennis elbow and want help, get in touch. You can have a free no obligation phone call to see whether it may help you.

Alternatively, book straight in to see one of our Physiotherapists. They will carry out a full assessment of your elbow and put together a recover plan for you. If they think shockwave treatment is going to help you, they can get started straight away. Unlike many clinics. we include shockwave therapy in the cost of your appointments, with no additional charges.

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Eastleigh 10K Race Pack Offers!

Posted on 6th March 2020 by

For the well deserved participants in the Eastleigh 10K, you should have received our exclusive offers in your race pack.

Until 30th April, you can take advantage of any of these offers:

  • Free 1-2-1 Pilates worth £45. Pilates is a fantastic addition to your running training. It helps develop strength, balance and movement control so that you can run more efficiently, preventing injuries. We run a timetable of over 20 specialist Pilates classes a week, including evenings and weekends. We have a range of different payment options, including a guaranteed weekly class membership or fully flexible PAYG option. Why not come along for a free 1-2-1 with one of our Clinical Instructors to find out if Pilates could help you.
  • 20% Off Strength Training Program. Have you got a longstanding, stubborn injury that just isn’t improving? An injury that’s stopping you from running or keeps coming back? Many common running injuries like achilles, knee and hip pain are caused by a lack of strength, stability and control. So come in and banish those along term niggling issues with our specific 6 week strength training for runners program in our Strong Room with one of our Sports and Rehabilitation Therapists.
  • Free computerised foot analysis. Recurrent injuries or daily aches and pains can often be caused by your foot position. Come along and find out if your feet are causing any issues for you. Read more.
  • 15% Off Sports Massage. Helping ease post run soreness, and daily stresses, aches and pains, a sports massage is a great way to invest in your wellbeing. You can claim 15% off as many times as you like before 30th April! Read more.

To book any of these special race pack offers, just give our team a call on 023 8025 3317 and quote EASTLEIGH10K.

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  • All offers expire 30th April 2020
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