Radial Shockwave Therapy and Achilles Tendonitis

Dolorclast1(1)Podiatrist, foot and ankle specialist Benn Boshell offers Radial Shockwave Therapy here at Balance Performance for a range of conditions – see them below – including chronic achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Benn has put some information together about this treatment and the technology:

What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Radial shockwave therapy is a new breakthrough technology used to treat chronic (long-term) tendon disease such as Achilles tendinitis that has failed to respond to normal treatment.

The technology is based on lithotripsy, which has been used for many years to treat kidney stones. High-energy sound waves are created and focused on the injury using a special applicator. Shockwaves are repeatedly applied to the injury area, and will break down scar tissue and calcifications in the area, which in chronic cases the body is unable to repair itself. As the shockwave breaks down the tissue, the body starts generating new tissue leading to healing.

What is the benefit of this treatment over surgery?

  • Outpatient treatment

  • no anaesthesia

  • non-invasive

  • virtually painless after treatment

  • no medication

  • quick results

  • high success rates

  • improved quality of life

Shockwave therapy is proven to be as effective as traditional surgery and doesn’t involve an operation, being in plaster, or a long rehabilitation period which can last over 6 months. Shockwave therapy only requires one treatment weekly over 3-4 weeks. Treatment is safe, non-invasive, only takes 10 minutes and is as good as results achieved by surgery.

What conditions can be treated with shockwave therapy?

conditions treated successfully with shockwave therapy include:

  • plantar fasciitis

  • achilles tendinitis

  • shin splints

  • patella tendinopathy  (knee pain)

  • hamstring tendinopathy

  • Greater trochanteric syndrome (hip pain)

  • lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

  • calcific tendinitis of the shoulder

Is shockwave therapy covered by private health insurance?

Yes. Most private health insurance companies cover the cost of treatment for shockwave therapy although it is advised you contact your insurer prior to booking a consultation to ensure you’re covered.

Of course, we prefer to use shockwave therapy as part of a global approach to recovery but if you are having treatment elsewhere that doesn’t offer shockwave we are very happy to see you here and we can easily communicate with any other professionals you are working with.

Book in to see Benn either for an initial consultation and assessment or directly for shockwave therapy call 02076272308 or to see more about the podiatry service we offer go to the Sports and Orthopaedic Podiatry page on the BalancePhysio.com website.

Follow Benn on Twitter @Plantar_F_Gone


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