Expacorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a minimally invasive procedure where shock waves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. It is mainly used for tendon or plantar fascia injuries, although it is also useful for some types of muscle injuries.
Extracorporeal means outside of the body. The shockwaves are mechanical and not electric. They are audible, low-energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area. This speeds up your body’s healing process.
You will usually require a course of three to five treatments, one to two weeks apart. You may experience some discomfort or pain during the treatment, but this can be adjusted to match an individual’s tolerance.
Following the treatment, you may initially experience redness, bruising, swelling and numbness to the area. These side effects should resolve within a week, before your next treatment.
There is an extremely low risk of tendon rupture or ligament rupture and damage to the soft tissue, but studies have shown that five to seven out of ten patients have found it to be effective.
You must not have ESWT if you
- are pregnant
- are taking antiplatelets (e.g. clopidogrel, excluding aspirin)
- are taking anticoagulants (e.g. warfarin or rivaroxaban)
- have a blood clotting disorder
- are under the age of 18
- have been diagnosed with bone cancer
- have an infection in the same limb
- have a history of tendon or plantar fascia ligament rupture in the affected area
- have had a steroid injection into the affected area in the previous 12 weeks
These will be discussed with you by your physiotherapist when the treatment is offered
We do not accept self-referring patients for ESWT, unless you have been referred by one or our sports medicine partners. Therefore, please book in with one of our physiotherapists who will be able to assess your injury and advise you of the best course of treatment, which may include ESWT as part of an integrated rehabilitation plan.
Where is this service offered?
|Service||New Patient||Follow Up||Optional|
|Physiotherapy||£45 (30 min)||£40 (30 min)||£55 Extended Follow-Up (45 min)|
|Shockwave Therapy||£120 (30 min)||£120 (30 min)||Located at Montefiore Hospital|
|Hand Therapy||£55 (45 min)||£50 (30 min)|
|Women’s Health||£75 (60 min)||£55 (30 min)|
|Sports Physician*||£210 (45 min)||£140 (30 min)||£180 Guided Injection|
*As an independent provider, payment will be made directly to the physician.
We offer a reduced rate to all Aldridge Academy and Sussex Cricket Junior Squad Players
|Service||New Patient||Follow Up|
|Physiotherapy||£40 (30 min)||£35 (30 min)|