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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy in West Malling

Discover the revolutionary treatment that’s making waves in the world of physiotherapy. At PW Physio, we’re proud to offer Shockwave Therapy, a cutting-edge solution for a range of musculoskeletal conditions.


What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses acoustic energy to target and heal injured tissues. Unlike electric waves, these are audible, low-energy sound waves that penetrate the skin and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.


How Does It Work?

The therapy involves a specialist device that delivers the shockwaves through the skin to the injured area. These waves:


  1. Desensitize nerve endings: Often resulting in an immediate reduction in pain.
  2. Cause controlled micro-trauma: This microscopic damage prompts the body to increase blood circulation and metabolism in the affected area, accelerating the healing response.
  3. Break down disorganized tissue: Including calcifications, promoting a more effective recovery.

Clinical Evidence

The effectiveness of shockwave therapy is backed by substantial clinical evidence. Notably, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) supports its use for various tendon issues. Research indicates that shockwave therapy can significantly reduce pain associated with tendinopathies, enhancing functionality and quality of life. Studies have reported a success rate of up to 70% for tendinopathies.

Q: Is shockwave therapy painful?

A: While some patients may experience a slight tingling or discomfort during the treatment, most describe it as tolerable. The intensity of the shockwaves can be adjusted to ensure the patient’s comfort. Any discomfort typically subsides shortly after the session.



Q: How many sessions will I need?

A: The number of sessions required varies depending on the condition being treated and the individual’s response to therapy. On average, patients typically undergo 3 to 5 sessions, spaced about a week apart. However, your physiotherapist will assess your specific needs and recommend a treatment plan tailored to you.



Q: Are there any side effects?

A: Shockwave therapy is generally considered safe. However, like any treatment, there can be potential side effects. Some patients may experience temporary redness, swelling, or minor pain in the treated area. These side effects are typically mild and resolve on their own within a few days.



Q: How soon can I expect results?

A: Many patients report feeling relief after just one session, while others may need a few sessions to notice significant improvements. The healing process continues even after the treatment sessions are completed, so improvements can continue to be observed for weeks afterward.



Q: Is shockwave therapy suitable for everyone?

A: While shockwave therapy is beneficial for many, it may not be suitable for everyone. It’s essential to consult with a qualified physiotherapist to determine if this treatment is right for you. Individuals with certain medical conditions or those who are pregnant may be advised against undergoing shockwave therapy.



Q: Can I return to my regular activities after a session?

A: Most patients can resume their regular activities immediately after a session. However, it’s recommended to avoid strenuous activities or exercises for a couple of days to allow the treated area to heal.

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