Blog - Wednesday 5th August 2020

Spark your recovery with shockwave therapy

Carl Bell

Physiotherapy Manager

When you sustain an injury, the first thing you want to know is how best to rehab and recover, so you can get back to doing what you love.

At F.I.T. Sports Injury Clinic, we strive to give that answer to all of our clients and provide the most efficient and cost-effective treatment available.

To do this, we stay abreast of the latest developments in sports science, introduce new technologies that benefit our clients, and only charge to use them at our standard rate.

One treatment in particular that is delivering significant, proven results — and is now available at F.I.T. — is extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), or shockwave therapy for short.

When integrated into a physical rehab programme, shockwave therapy delivers significantly improved results than when used alone. After purchasing shockwave equipment, we developed a care pathway that combines ESWT with strength and conditioning to maximise the treatment’s impact on our clients.

What is shockwave therapy, and how does it work?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves sound waves being delivered to specific damaged tissues. The sound waves cause micro-trauma, which increases blood flow within the affected area. This stimulates cell regeneration and healing while decreasing local factors that can cause pain.

How can it help me?

Although evidence proves ESWT offers modest benefits when utilised as a standalone treatment, research shows shockwave therapy to be more effective, and achieve long-lasting results, when combined with specific strength and conditioning sessions.

At F.I.T., we use shockwave therapy as a second-line treatment for patients who don’t respond to physiotherapy or other conservative techniques and are suffering from:

  • Plantar fasciitis (foot arch pain).
  • Achilles tendinopathy (achilles tendonitis).
  • Patellar tendinopathy (patellar tendonitis).
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
  • Shoulder tendinopathy (shoulder tendonitis).
  • Trochanteric bursitis (lateral hip pain).

What is the treatment like?

During the treatment, you will feel the shockwaves as pulses that cause a little discomfort, but not pain. Typically, your first treatment will begin with a low level of intensity that we slowly increase to a point where you still feel comfortable.

After the treatment, you may experience some reddening of the skin, and the area may be sensitive to the touch for a short period. Rest assured that these after-effects are common and will soon pass.

To allow for the cell regeneration to take place, we usually perform shockwave therapy at weekly intervals. Each session will last around 20 minutes and, depending on your circumstances, you may need between three and five sessions to further your recovery after your initial assessment..

Book your first shockwave session

Our shockwave therapy, in combination with injury-specific strength and conditioning activity, will speed up your recovery and get you back to training as quickly and as safely as possible. No more nagging injury, no more stunted progress.

If you’d like to find out more about shockwave therapy, or you’d like to book a session, get in touch today, and one of our friendly team will be on hand to help.