Patients of The Vale Physiotherapy Clinic can now benefit from a leading new treatment for long-standing and troublesome pain. This is one of the most exciting new technologies to emerge in recent years that will help patients with chronic long-standing painful tendon problems, as well as conditions such as plantar fasciitis, chronic upper back/shoulder pain and some kinds of chronic back pain. Until now, this therapy has only been available in a small number of consultant-led private hospital clinics, where access has been limited.

Shockwave Therapy can provide relief and advanced recovery in situations where the healing process has stalled or failed to respond to standard therapeutic intervention. The use of Shockwave Therapy has been found to safely and successfully treat a range of long-standing musculo-skeletal conditions, supported by a wealth of scientific evidence and is now recommended by NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. This is a strong, non-surgical treatment for many conditions resistant to other forms of therapy.


What injuries can Shockwave treat?

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Patella Tendinopathy
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Runners Knee
  • Trigger Point Pain
  • Shin Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Calcific tendons of the shoulder

What are the benefits of Shockwave Therapy?

  • It is non-invasive
  • No anaesthetic is required
  • Fast treatment
  • It is virtually painless after treatment
  • General improved recovery rates
  • Restored mobility and quality of life

When Should You NOT have Shockwave Therapy?
If you have/suffer from…

  • Vascular diseases present in or near the affected area
  • Local infections in the treatment area
  • Problems with blood clotting
  • Should not use on/around malignant or benign tumours
  • Should not use directly on cartilage surfaces or near the small facet joints of the spinal column
  • Should not use directly over implanted electronic devices eg pacemakers, analgesic pumps etc
  • Should not be used in areas in which medical energy in the form of vibrations may lead to tissue damage, eg implants for fractures, muscle pulls or tears

Precautions should be taken with the following conditions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • If treating children, around growth plates

To find out if Shockwave would suit you and/or if you have any doubts about it, speak to your physio.

But what exactly is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy treatment is a non-surgical treatment, which works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues. This increases the blood flow within the affected area, stimulates cell regeneration and healing, and decreases local factors which can cause pain. The therapy involves electrical production of shockwaves, which are delivered through the skin by the shockwave machine. The intensity of these shockwaves are carefully calibrated to produce a chemical stimulus to healing and restore tissue to a state that makes it respond well to rehabilitation. The shockwaves are felt as pulses, which are a little uncomfortable but not painful. Your treating physiotherapist will start with a low level of intensity and increase this to a point where you feel comfortable.

How quickly will I see results?

Many patients experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately following treatment. The effect is usually (but not always) temporary, and is associated with the analgesic (pain-relieving) effect resulting from hyper-stimulation of the tissue by Shockwave therapy. It takes several days for injuries to begin to heal, and many patients see an improvement before the end of the second week. Depending on the diagnosis the healing process may take several months, but pain relief often precedes complete healing. Clinical studies suggest a success rate of 70-90% in even the most stubborn cases. This is a strong success rate in terms of most medical interventions.