Shockwave Therapy At The Boxgrove Clinic

Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), is a clinically proven and effective treatment for chronic or persistent soft tissue injuries. The Boxgrove Clinic has invested in the latest technology and uses a Focal Shockwave machine. A Focal Shockwave machine generates a non-invasive, acoustic wave which carries high energy through the body to painful tissues with subacute, sub chronic, and chronic conditions. The energy stimulates regeneration and reparative processes to promote tissue healing. Simultaneously there is often a period of reduced pain in the treated area.

An Introduction To Focal Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is offered to patients who have had their pain for several months and are not improving with other treatments such as stretching, strengthening exercises, and activity modification. Shockwave therapy is designed for stubborn tendon issues that are not improving. Tendons compared to muscles have a relatively poor blood supply, so it is not unusual for them to take several months, or even years to improve. Shockwave therapy can speed up this healing process and get patients back on track.

  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

  • Achilles Tendonitis

Shockwave Therapy Pricing

Initial Assessment

  • 60 mins (up to)

Single Treatment

  • 1 session

3 Treatment Package

  • 3 sessions

What Can Shockwave Therapy Treat?

This is a common condition characterized by heel pain caused by inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot.

Focal shockwave therapy can be used to treat chronic Achilles tendon problems, including tendinosis and tendinitis.

This condition involves the formation of calcium deposits in the tendons of the shoulder’s rotator cuff. Shockwave therapy can help break down these deposits.

Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that affects the tendons on the outer part of the elbow. Shockwave therapy may help alleviate pain and promote healing.

Similar to tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow affects the tendons on the inner part of the elbow and can potentially benefit from shockwave therapy.

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae (fluid-filled sacs) in the hip joint. Shockwave therapy may be used to reduce pain and inflammation in this area.

A Team Approach

Your specific treatment plan will depend on your individual needs and goals. Our multi-disciplinary approach includes Specialist Physiotherapists, Soft Tissue Therapists, Rehab Specialists, Pilates Instructors and Personal Trainers who work collaboratively, all under one roof, to create a seamless journey from treatment, manual therapy and rehabilitation through to full fitness.

FAQs about Shockwave Therapy

Your Shockwave treatment will be carried out by one of our highly specialised Physiotherapists. They have received specialised training in Shockwave therapy and have extensive experience in treating stubborn, chronic complaints.

We use Focused Shockwave Therapy which is generally considered to be better tolerated than Radial Shockwave. There may be a slight feeling of discomfort during the treatment. The treatment application lasts 6-8 minutes, and most patients can tolerate this. Additionally, the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted throughout the session to ensure it is at a tolerable level for each individual. When used correctly, the side effects from shockwave therapy are minimal and uncommon.

NICE guidelines, suggest that it often takes 3 or more sessions to resolve an issue. The number of treatments will vary depending on indication and tissue response. The effect of treatment is cumulative, so you will typically need more than one session but you may well experience some relief right after the first treatment.
During treatment your Physiotherapist will also reccomend appropriate loading exercises that should accompany the treatment. (Usually carried out 48 hours after the Shockwave).

We will aim to schedule sessions around a week apart, depending on patient’s tolerance and tissue response.

It is recommended that patients refrain from physical activity, for 48 hours following each treatment session.
The shockwave will trigger an inflammatory response, for this reason, do NOT use anti-inflammatory medication or ice. Any discomfort should subside within 24hours. Use paracetamol if needed if you can take this medication.

We recommend that patients book 3 consecutive weekly sessions as a package. This will be a one–off amount for the package and will cost £300 for self-funders.

There are a few occasions when Shockwave should not be used. Your Physiotherapist will make sure this is assessed at the initial consultation and that Shockwave is deemed appropriate.

Shockwave Therapy is covered by most major insurers. Please contact your insurance company to see whether you are covered on your plan.
Please note, as with all insurance claims, authorisation must be gained before committing to any course of treatment, and a claim number will be required when booking.

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