Our professional healthcare experts use ESWT at Gilmour Piper in Ipswich to treat painful tendons and the following conditions:
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Plantar fasciopathy
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy (including calcification)
- Patellar tendinopathy
- Hamstring tendinopathy
- Greater trochanteric pain syndrome
How does ESWT work?
ESWT involves the use of a hand-held medical device to pass shockwaves through the skin to the injured part of the body. As the shockwaves enter the body, they initiate an inflammatory-like response in the injured tissue under treatment. This prompts increased blood circulation, stimulating the body’s natural healing process and breaking down calcium deposits in the tendons.
ESWT appears to be able to jump-start the healing process in chronic injuries and move them back into the acute phase of healing.
A course of ESWT usually requires 4-6 sessions, and normally includes advice on retraining weak muscles related to the injury. You should take it easy for 2-3 days following each treatment before then returning to your day-to-day activities. Your therapist will let you know when it’s safe to return to sporting activities.
Because a course of ESWT treatment triggers your body’s healing response, it’s not uncommon for you to feel your pain’s getting a little worse before it starts feeling better. It can take 3-4 months for you to feel the full benefit of the treatment.
Gilmour Piper offers this state of the art treatment technique at very competitive rates.