Shockwave therapy – also called Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (or ESWT) – is a safe and effective way of treating chronic painful orthopaedic conditions, particularly tendon pain. It uses intense but very short bursts of energy waves to speed up the body’s natural healing process and is increasingly used as an alternative to surgery.
Recent research shows it is also effective in some areas of regenerative medicine, particularly spinal cord injuries and vascular and nerve regeneration.
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Will it hurt?
There is a certain amount of pain and discomfort during the procedure. The doctor carrying out the procedure will ask you to advise them of your pain levels and can adjust the treatment to manage this.
Will I need to stay in hospital?
No, you can go home after the treatment and should be able to resume your normal activities immediately. It is best to avoid doing anything too strenuous for around 48 hours.
What should I do if I’m in pain after the treatment?
If you do experience any pain after shockwave therapy, it is fine to take paracetamol but avoid taking anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen, as this can interfere with the body’s natural healing process.
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