What Is Shockwave Therapy?
A non-invasive treatment method favoured by athletes and non-athletes is Shockwave Therapy (SWT). This treatment uses pulse-like waves of energy that are delivered using a hand-held application device. Shockwave Therapy is applied strategically to the injured areas of the body and can assist with pain management as well as helping to shorten healing time.
Shockwave Therapy Limerick at Roxboro Medical Centre
Roxboro Shockwave Therapy Limerick offers patients a solution to chronic pain, injury and more.
Our specialist shockwave therapy consultant, uses a handheld device to target key areas. This device delivers the non-invasive treatment in small pulse-like waves.
Roxboro Shockwave Therapy Limerick uses Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).
Shockwave Therapy Limerick – Commonly Asked Questions
What is shockwave therapy used for?
Shockwave therapy is used to treat both acute and chronic medical condition and injuries. Shockwave therapy reduces pain and stimulates the recovery process.
Does shockwave therapy really work?
Studies have proven that radial shockwave therapy is beneficial for relieving pain intensity and increasing the functionality and quality of life of patients.
How long does it take for shockwave therapy to work?
Patients’ results can vary. For some, an immediate numbing of the pain is evident whereas, for others, it can be up to 12 – 16 weeks until they feel relief. Shockwave therapy is designed to be a solution for longterm relief and recovery, The results are, in most cases, lasting. For chronic pain and some conditions, patients sometimes require a course of treatment or a repeat treatment following the initial 16 weeks.
What does a shockwave do to your body?
The shockwaves used by radial shockwave therapy carry soundwaves to the injured area. These then stimulate a recovery by increasing the flow of blood in the targeted area. This increased circulation of blood carries oxygen and the nutrients needed for recovery and relief to the area.
How much does Shockwave Therapy cost?
Shockwave Therapy treatment starts at €50 per treatment.
Why Use Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave Therapy has clinically proven that pressure waves when applied to injured tissues, stimulate metabolic reactions. Radial shockwave therapy assists with:
- A reduction of pain felt by nerve fibres
- An increase of blood circulation in surrounding soft tissues
- The beginning of the healing process triggered by stem cells activation
How does Shockwave therapy (ESWT) work?
During your shockwave therapy session, a shockwave will be delivered to the tissue via a non-invasive hand tool. The shockwave radiates out and extends to the entire area where pain occurs. Usually, no more than three sessions are needed, and each session takes approximately 15mins.
There is no anaesthesia required, and you can continue your usual activities. Please note that it is recommended to avoid pain provoking exercise for 48 hours.
What Conditions Can Be Treated by Shockwave Therapy?
The following conditions can be treated by radial shock wave therapy:
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spur)
- Achilles Tendinopathy pateller
- Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumpers knee)
- Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Greater Trochanteric pain syndrome (Trochanteric bursitis)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
- Calcific Tendonitis of the shoulder
What Is The Success Rate For Shockwave Therapy?
There are documented international results that show an overall result rate of 77%. These results are based on chronic conditions that have not been cured with other kinds of treatment. It is important to highlight that we would expect positive clinical outcomes following treatment. However, there is a chance that the treatment may not improve your symptoms.
A review at 12 weeks of the healing process is recommended following your final treatment. If your symptoms persist at this stage, you will be advised of alternative therapies or surgery by your medical practitioner.
Is shockwave therapy painful?
Shockwave therapy is non-invasive which means it is applied to the skin covering the area of injury. Some patients report feeling a dull pulse-like sensation, but pain during treatment is rare.
Following shockwave therapy, you might find the treated area to be a little tender but should experience no other types of pain from the treatment
We take every measure to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible.
At times, the treatment may be slightly uncomfortable, but most people can stand these few minutes without medication. Your therapist will ask you regularly throughout the treatment if it is uncomfortable. The intensity of the shockwave can be decreased if needed.
There can be residual low-level discomfort for the following 24hrs. You will be able to drive or go back to work after the treatment.
What Shall I Do If I Am In Pain After The Treatment?
ESWT initiates a pro-inflammatory condition in the tissue that is being treated. If necessary, you can use ordinary non-prescription painkillers. The use of anti-inflammatory medication is to be avoided, as it will interfere with the method of action of the treatment. Ask your Roxboro therapist for advice.
Are There Any Contraindications Or Precautions That I Should Be Aware Of?
- Cortisone (Steroid) injections should not be administered within the last 11 weeks before shockwave treatment.
- ESWT is for the treatment of patients over 18 years of age only.
- Treatment may not be appropriate in such cases. Please notify your treating doctor if you:
- Are on blood thinners
- Have a pacemaker
- Have an area of acute infection or inflammation at the treatment area
- Have been diagnosed with Cancer or are pregnant
Shockwave Therapy Introduction Video