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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is the most advanced non-surgical and non-invasive treatment available for a wide range of conditions including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, hip bursitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, Osgood Schlatter disease and subacromial shoulder pain. Using a special device, Shockwave Therapy delivers high intensity impulses of energy through the skin to specific damaged soft tissues. The shock waves audible, low energy sound waves, which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area, stimulating cell regeneration and healing and decreasing local factors which can cause pain.
Shockwave Therapy is administered using the pioneering and globally recognised Swiss Dolorclast unit. A course of three treatments, one to two weeks apart, is recommended, with a 4 week review period following treatment, to see maximum improvements. This allows the shockwaves to effectively treat the pain centres. The treatment is administered by one of the Square One specialist therapists who are Academy trained and CPD qualified.
During the initial assessment, the treatment will also be administered. Ultrasound may be used with the shockwave to achieve an overall improvement in treatment outcome. In some cases patients may require additional treatments.
The Swiss Dolorclast Method
Shockwave Therapy: NICE Guidelines
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issues guidance on medicines, treatments and procedures. NICE is a special health authority of the National Health Service (NHS).
Read the Nice Guidelines on Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy here: