Shockwave Therapy Aberdeen

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ECSWT)?

ECSWT is a procedure where shockwaves are passed through the skin to the injured part of the foot using a special device. Extracorporeal means outside of the body.The shockwaves are mechanical and not electrical; they are audible,low energy sound waves which work by increasing blood flow to the injured area and altering the nerves which supply the painful site. This accelerates the body’s healing process and results in a reduction/elimination of pain. You will usually require a course of 3-5 treatments, one week apart.

ECSWT is offered as a treatment modality to patients who have suffered with heel pain (plantar fasciitis) or achilles tendinitis for greater than 6 months and have not had success with other conservative measures. It is not offered, nor recommended in the early (acute) stage of the healing process. It is a minimally invasive treatment that is carried out here at the clinic and only takes 5-10 mins per session.

What are the risks/side effects of ECSWT?

You may experience some discomfort during the treatment but it should be tolerable. Following the treatment, you may experience redness, bruising, swelling or numbness to the area. These side effects should resolve in a mateer of days following the procedure. There is a small risk of tendon rupture or ligament rupture but this is very unlikely in our experience. The national institute for health and care excellence (NICE) have deemed this procedure to be safe for use on chronic heel and achilles conditions.`Although every patient reponds differently to the treatment, recent studies have shown a 70% improvement in symptoms after 3 sessions.

Contraindications

You must not have ESWT if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are taking anticoagulants (such as warfarin) or antiplatelets (such as aspirin)
  • Are under 18 years of age
  • Have a blood clotting disorder
  • Have been diagnosed with bone cancer
  • Have a pacemaker
  • Have an infection or tendon/ligament rupture of your foot
  • Have a foot fracture
  • Have had a steroid injection into your foot in the last 12 weeks.

 

Preparing for ECSWT

You will need to ensure that you are available for 3 weeks in a row, please check with reception to ensure 3 weeks of treatments in succession is possible.

You should refrain from taking nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication  (i.e ibuprofen) for 2 weeks before your treatment and during your treatment sessions.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing as you will be lying on your front during the procedure.

Who will carry out the treatment?

The treatment will be carried out by one of our podiatrist all of whom have received training in operation of the unit and the treatment itself.

What is the cost of the treatment?

We advice that you receive a minimum of three sessions though five may be require for very chronic cases.

Treatment is £40 per session.

Post operative advice.

We recommend that you curtail your weightbearing activities for a period of 48 hrs following the treatment. In particular, avoid high impact sporting activities.

If you are experiencing pain you can take an over the counter pain killer such as paracetamol.

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