Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a procedure where shock waves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. Extracorporeal means outside of the body.
The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric. They are audible, low-energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area, reducing pain and speeding up your body’s healing process.
You will usually require a course of at least 3-5 treatments, two to three weeks apart. Ocassionally in chronic conditions it may be suitable to have more treatments but this will be reviewed after your initial course.
The advantages of Shockwave are:
- It’s non invasive and there is no risk of infection
- There is no risk of tendon ruptures which may occur with steriod injections
- It’s recommended by NICE for chronic conditions