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
Calcification tendinopathy of shoulder
Tennis / golfers elbow
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 patient’s 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 recommend refraining 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.
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.
Tendon rupture (particularly Plantar fascia / 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
Acute inflammation of the treatment area
Tumour at the treatment site
Infection of the treatment area
Severe circulatory disorder
Nerve disorder at the treatment site
Open wound at the treatment site