Shockwave Therapy Now Available at Highland Chiropractic Clinic
The treatment is administered at the Inverness Clinic for Chronic Tendon injuries. Treatments are in blocks of 5 costing £250 in total. Signs of improvement would usually be expected after 3 treatments.
What is Shockwave Therapy (Extracorporial Shockwave Therapy ESTW)?
Shockwave therapy is a modern and highly effective treatment option in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation medicine. The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. In modern pain therapy, shockwave energy is conducted from the point of origin to the painful body regions / tendon, where it has its therapeutic effect.
The first medical treatment with shockwaves was lithotripsy. This allowed focused shockwaves to essentially dissolve kidney stones without surgical intervention. Today, over 98% of all kidney stones are treated with this technology. The use of shockwaves to treat most tendon related pain began in the early 1990s. Currently the most evidence supports the use of Shockwave in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis, Plantar Heel Spur, and Achilles Tendinopathy, but it can be used to treat any chronic tendon related pain.
This treatment should certainly be considered before surgical intervention which will have a much longer recovery time and carries more risk.
Further Sources of Information
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced recommendations for patients on ESWT for Achilles Tendinopathy and Plantar Fasciitis. These documents can be accessed on the NICE website.
Guys and St. Thomas' Hospitals have also produced an excellent information sheet about Shockwave Therapy which can be downloaded here: http://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patient-information/surgery/orthopaedics/extracorporeal-shockwave-therapy.pdf