Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

What is it?


Shockwave (full name, extra-corporeal shockwave therapy) is a treatment that sends soundwaves through an injured tissue.  It is a more recent development in rehab that helps address longstanding and challenging tendon problems. These problems sometimes do not respond to exercises along.

These soundwaves stimulate a reaction deep within the injured tissue, including an increase in blood flow and causing some localised inflammation.  This reaction stimulates a healing response.


What is it used for?

Shockwave is used for tendon problems that have been present for over 12 weeks (and often been there for many months and even years!).  These can be very stubborn and slow to respond.  Shockwave provides an additional level of treatment and compliments traditional rehab.

Common conditions treated include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Gluteal tendinopathy (lateral hip pain)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy



Does it hurt?

It can sting a little bit and can be a bit sore for a day or two afterwards.  The dose can be adjusted to make it as comfortable as possible whilst still being effective.


How many sessions will I need?

People generally require 3-6 sessions.


Can I do this instead of my exercises?

Sorry, no!  Shockwave is mainly used as an adjunct to your rehab.  Exercises to target the injured tissue will still be required to give the maximum benefit.


If you would like to find out if this could be an option for you please get in touch!


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