Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy in Edinburgh

ESWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) therapy is a non-surgical treatment, and works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues. This causes microtrauma to the tissue that it is directed at and this initiates a inflammatory response which is what triggers a healing response from the body. The healing response causes blood vessels to form and nutrients to be delivered to the area stimulating cell regeneration and healing and decreasing pain.

how are the treatments performed?

A probe is pressed on to the affected area and the shockwaves are delivered through the skin with the aid of some gel. The impulses are delivered as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured tissue as an aspherical ‘radial' wave.

The shockwaves are felt as pulses which are a little uncomfortable. Typically your first treatment will start with a low level of intensity and increase this to a point where you feel comfortable.
A probe is pressed on to the affected area and the shockwaves are delivered through the skin with the aid of some gel. The impulses are delivered as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured tissue as an aspherical ‘radial' wave.

The shockwaves are felt as pulses which are a little uncomfortable. Typically your first treatment will start with a low level of intensity and increase this to a point where you feel comfortable.
Shock-wave therapy treatments are usually performed at weekly intervals and you may need between 3 and 5 treatments.

Many patients experience an improvement in symptoms almost immediately while others take several weeks to respond. You may notice a reddening of the area with some patients experiencing a brief increase in pain. It may take several weeks to see an overall benefit.

Shockwave can be effective on a wide range of soft tissue and bony conditions such as achilles tendonopathy, plantar fasciitis, tennis and golfers elbow, patellar tendonopathy, shoulder pain (eg rotator cuff injuries and calcific tendonitis).
Shockwave is not a stand alone treatment as correcting causative factors in combination with Shockwave creates the best outcomes for you. Our holistic, whole body approach means you have the optimal chance of recovery. Addressing the immediate symptoms is an important step to recovery and can help uncover potential underlying issues that need to be resolved. For this reason, we offer shockwave as an additional treatment and can be done during our physiotherapy consultations. There is an additional £20 fee per session for Shockwave.

Treatment Prices

TreatmentTimePrice
Initial consultation (15 min telephone and 45 mins in clinic) 60 minutes£60
Initial consultation (15 min telephone and 30 mins in clinic)45 minutes£52
Follow up consultation (in clinic)30 minutes£44
Extended follow up consultation (in clinic)45 minutes£52
One hour consultation (in clinic)60 minutes£72
Initial video appointment 45 mins45 minutes£50
Follow up video appointment 30 mins30 minutes£42
Shockwave is an additional £20 added to Physio appointment-£20
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