shockwave therapy


What is it?

This is a non-invasive treatment for longstanding painful musculoskeletal conditions such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles tendinitis, Tennis elbow and trochanteric pain syndrome.

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What does it involve?
Usually three treatments at weekly intervals, each one lasting under 5 minutes. A probe is held against the painful area and shockwaves are administered. It may take up to 6 weeks following the last session before you feel the benefit.

Does it hurt and what are the side-effects?
It is mildly uncomfortable and the intensity can be adjusted so that there is no pain. Some patients complain of aching for a few days afterwards but often no more than the usual pain form the condition. Rarely bruising can occur at the treatment site.

How does it work?
The shockwaves cause a “cavitation” effect within the tissue enhancing the healing response.

Does it work?
Scientific trials have now been completed that do demonstrate a benefit. As a result, The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) have issued guidelines for its use.

Is it available on the NHS?
Yes. We provide this service at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust at St Albans City Hospital.

Will I be covered by my insurance company?
Most insurance companies will cover this procedure.

Will I need time off work?
Just the time it takes for the treatment. Although there may be a little aching afterwards it should not interfere with any activities.