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Shockwave Therapy

KCPHYSIO is proud to announce that we are now able to offer Shockwave Therapy using new state of the art medical device Sortz Masterplus a market leading product in the shockwave therapy world.

Shockwave therapy is designed to treat chronic tendon related pain, it is clinically proven, non-invasive fast & effective with no medication required.


How It Works

This highly sophisticated device works by projecting short blasts of mechanical pressure waves aimed directly at the damaged tendon structure. This causes a controlled inflammatory response that breaks down scar tissue, improves blood flow, increases tissue metabolism, & stimulates cell regeneration providing an analgesic effect. The outcome is an accelerated healing time & recovery that yields long lasting results. The individual can then resume their activities with confidence.


Who Is Suitable For Shockwave Therapy

Suitable clients are those who have been unsuccessful with the general conservative methods over a prolonged period of time of first line physio. Therefore as a second line of treatment shockwave therapy is best suited. Shockwave therapy has empirical support & approval by NICE ( National Institute Of Clinical Excellence) & is recommended for those who suffer from

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Calcification tendinopathy of shoulder
  • Tennis / golfers elbow
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis (Hip)

How long does each session last ?

The average treatment session for shockwave therapy is approximately 15 minutes. A typical dose is a delivery of approximately 2000 shockwaves.


How many sessions are needed ?

Due to growing literature 3-5 sessions are regarded as the “Sweet Spot” in providing optimal healing.


Is the procedure painful ?

Many patients can regard the treatment as uncomfortable but not painful. The intensity can be regulated & adjusted to the patients tolerance. Do remember “You have to feel it to heal it”. We would also advise if necessary to take over the counter pain killers (Paracetamol). We do not advise the taking of NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) as this can impede the body’s healing process. Significant clinical results are seen typically 6-8 weeks after treatment.


What Can I Expect ?

Patients can resume their normal functional activities post treatment. However we do strongly recommended to refrain from high impact activities/ exercise for a 48 hour period. Once this is completed we recommend to slowly graduate the intensity of your exercise staying below the threshold of your maximal effort to ensure optimum tissue regeneration & long term healing can be achieved.


What are the side effects ?

The practitioner providing the treatment will have checked your medical history to ensure that you are at minimal risk of any side effects.


Most Common:

  • Redness or bruising in the treated area
  • An increase in pain in the treated area, this can be controlled with paracetamol. Please do not take NSAIDs for example ibuprofen, naproxen.

Very Rare:

  • Tendon rupture (particularly Plantarfascia / Achilles or other load bearing tendons)
  • Nerve irritation/damage (particularly Golfer’s Elbow or Proximal Hamstring Tendon)

Exclusion Criteria / Contraindications

  • Steroid injection in the past 60 days
  • Tendency to haemorrhage
  • Patients taking anti coagulant therapy
  • Haemophiliac patients
  • Acute inflammation of the treatment area
  • Tumour at the treatment site
  • Infection of the treatment area
  • Pregnancy
  • Severe circulatory disorder
  • Nerve disorder at the treatment site
  • Open wound at the treatment site
  • Prosthesis

Precautions:

  • Cardiac problems
  • Circulatory problems