Shockwave Therapy

Physio One now offer patients access to radial shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy is an ideal treatment for chronic muscle and tendon conditions. The benefits are a quicker recovery, pain reduction and the breakdown of calcification.

Treatment involves an assessment by the physiotherapist and, if suitable, usually 6 to 8 treatment session are required to gain significant improvement.

There is a fair bit of recent research into shockwave therapy and below are some of the specific effects:

  • Pain reduction by production of substance P and the hyper stimulation of pain sensors

  • Regeneration of affected tissue:

    • Improved blood perfusion and new vascularization
    • Increases in growth factors
    • Increases in mesenchymal stem cells
    • Stimulation of the metabolism
  • Mechanical effects:

    • Breakdown of calcifications and fibroses
  • Success rate of 80%:

    • 6 to 8 treatment sessions needed on average
    • Realistic alternative to surgery

We can treat following indications:

  • Chronic tendinopathies and enthesopathies:

    Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tendinopathy (with calcification), etc.

  • Myofascial pain syndrome:

    Low back pain, neck pain, ‘trigger points’, tension headaches, etc.

  • Sports indications:

    Proximal hamstring tendinopathy, adductor tendinopathy, peroneal tendinopathy. Medial tibial stress syndrome, ‘Jumper’s knee’, Osgood-Schlatter, etc.

  • Muscular disorders:

    Muscle pain, hypertonia, spasms, cramps, muscle hardening, fibrosis, etc.

  • And also:

    Dupuytren's contracture, Ledderhose disease, acupuncture points, metatarsalgia, etc.