ESWT is a specialised treatment we use to manage both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The shockwave is an intense, short energy wave that travels faster than sound and is generated from the shockwave machine outside the body (extra-corporeal).
ESWT was first devised to break down kidney stones as a non – surgical option. It was during these treatments that ESWT was found to have beneficial effects on surrounding tissues- hence leading to researchers applying the shockwave principal to other parts of the body. Many years and a lot of detailed research years later it has been found to have many beneficial effects. Our type of shockwave we use at Allegro Physiotherapy is specifically designed to treat some of the common musculoskeletal conditions we see below:
- Heel Spurs / Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Calf Muscle tears
- Hamstring and Quad muscle tears or contusions (corks)
- Knee bursitis and tendonitis
- Knee Ligament strains
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- Dupuytren’s contractures
- Shoulder bursitis and calcific tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Hip Bursitis
- Gluteal Muscle Tears
- CRPS (Chronic regional Pain Syndrome)
Treatment usually requires 3-6 sessions spaced 5-10 days apart for optimal effect. It is normal to have some mild tenderness and maybe bruising after treatment for 24-48 hrs but other side effects are rare. Please call Allegro Physiotherapy to discuss your condition and whether ESWT can help you.