What happens during a shockwave treatment session?
A gel is applied to your skin, the applicator head is placed on the skin to delivery shockwaves to the target tissues. The radial pressure waves and focused shockwaves will be applied at a low intensity initially then increased to a level which is tolerable to you. You will not be allowed to take anti-inflammatory medication during this process; inflammation is needed to allow the body to heal and medication can interfere with this process.
How many sessions will I need?
Research suggests a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 sessions. This will be dependent on your condition and level of chronicity. Ideally the sessions should be 5-10 days apart. A personalised exercise program will be provided and should be followed during and for 12 weeks after the shockwave therapy to ensure the best results.
Why should I come to you for treatment?
At Finely Tuned Physiotherapy we are one of the only clinics in the UK to have BOTH radial AND focused shockwave devices, emerging evidence supports a combination of both types to deliver faster, better outcomes. The radial device treats the superficial/larger structures whilst the focused shockwave addresses deeper structures with more pinpoint accuracy. At Finely Tuned, we use the best available technology – Swiss engineered Storz devices, used by the majority of experts, major NHS hospitals and elite sporting clubs across the world. Many devices are now coming to market that have not been supported by research, externally validated, or been CE marked for safety and effectiveness.
What results can I expect?
Results vary depending on the condition ranging from 60%-90% success rate. Some people notice a big improvement after just one session, this can be temporary. The shockwave is kick starting the body’s healing process so generally you will see an improvement following the third session and this can continue to improve as the body repairs over the following 12 weeks. The benefit over other options (such as injections) is that long term (1 year +) the response is better, injections tend to only provide a short-term fix.