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Shockwave Therapy for Chronic foot pain, tennis elbow and achilles pain

Commonly referred to as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis is a painful and often debilitating condition that afflicts more than 500,000 people in the UK each year 1.

 

Achilles Pain

Although everyone is at risk, plantar fasciitis is most commonly found in athletes, runners, overweight individuals, or those who are required to stand on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of ime. It’s also one of the most common athletic injuries seen in general practice.

Treatment options

Although physiotherapy or local steroid injections can help relieve the problem in the majority of cases, surgery has been the only available alternative for chronic sufferers. However surgery carries risks and complications can arise, including infection and has a success rate of only 50%. The recovery time from surgery can be as long as 6 to 8 weeks.

Introducing “Shock Wave Therapy“

Chronic foot pain

Now patients that have been suffering for years with chronic pain in their feet and ankles may be successfully treated with “Shockwave Therapy” using the latest high tech non surgical equipment.

 

Shockwave Therapy delivers a radial shockwave through the surface of the skin to the injured tissue. This shockwave initiates an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue and accelerates the healing process by regenerating blood vessels. It also provides pain

relief for the patient.

“Shock Wave Therapy” offers the following benefits:

  • Level 1 and 2 clinical trial data supports efficacy 2 3 4 5
  • Included in NICE guidelines 6
  • Proven non-surgical technology
  • Treatment is simple and takes minutes

  • No need for anaesthetic or lengthy rehabilitation

Your doctor or physiotherapist will explain the efficacy with you as this is a new treatment, and that Ramsay will audit the results of your therapy.

What about treating other conditions?

Tennis Elbow

“Shockwave Therapy” can also be useful in treating severe tendonitis, for example tennis and golfers elbow, shoulder pain and painful Achilles heels.

 

If tendonitis is severe and leads to the rupture of a tendon this may need surgical repair. Until now surgery has been the only available alternative for chronic sufferers.

How to access treatment?

If you have private medical insurance, speak to your insurance company, as many treatments are covered by medical insurance. If you wish to pay for your treatment we have a fixed price for a package of treatments.

How to refer

Contact your local hospital to book an appointment or for more information.

 

Treatment may be covered by insurance companies and self pay packages available on request.

 

As “Shockwave Therapy” is based on breakthrough technology that has been successfully used to treat urinary stones for more than 20 years, major insurance companies may cover the cost of a course of

treatment.

How to refer

Contact your local hospital to book an appointment or for more information.

 

West Midlands Hospital, Halesowen - 01384 560123 


Treatment may be covered by insurance companies and self pay packages available on request.

 

As “Shockwave Therapy” is based on breakthrough technology that has been successfully used to treat urinary stones for more than 20 years, major insurance companies may cover the cost of a course of

treatment.

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References

1. Based on US incidence data.

 

2. A randomised controlled trial of 149 patients treated by Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or conservative management reported that 69% of ESWT patients and no patients treated conservatively had an ‘excellent’ result (no heel pain) and 14% and 55% of each group, respectively, had a ‘good’ result (50% or greater reduction in baseline pain) at a mean follow-up of 64 months

 

3. Plantar Fasciitis (Chronic Foot/Heal Pain): Ludger

Gerdesmeyer et al 2008, Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is safe and effective in the treatment of Chronic Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis

 

4. Tennis Elbow: Jan D Rompe and Nicola Maffulli 2007,

Repetitive shockwave therapy for lateral elbow tendinopathy(tennis elbow):a systematic and qualitative analysis

 

5. Achilles Tendinopathy: Jan D Rompe, John Furia and Nicola Mafulli 2008, Eccentric Loading compared with Shockwave Treatment for chronic Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy, a randomised, controlled trial.

 

6. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory plantar fasciitis; NICE – August 2009

 

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy for calcific

tendonitis (tendinopasthy) of the shoulder; NICE – November 2003

 

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory Achilles tendinopasty; NICE – August 2009

 

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy for refractory plantar fasciitis; NICE – August 2009