The Vale Clinic

Shockwave
Therapy at
The Vale Clinic

Pain therapy with pressure waves. NICE and FDA approved therapy, can be considered before surgical options.

Suffering from pain or injuries? Want to get better faster?

At our Wokingham based Podiatry practice, we offer Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (r-ESWT) as a treatment solution for the rehabilitation of resistant musculoskeletal problems. It is one of the non-invasive treatment options in the field of pain therapy. The shockwaves penetrate the skin and tissue without damaging them giving pain relief.

 

Our patients in and around Wokingham, Berkshire can now benefit from this recognised and effective technology for the treatment of a range of conditions.

 

The images below show some of the indications in Podiatry.

Plantar Fasciiopathy, Chronic Tendinopathies such as Achilles, Patellar (Knee) Gluteal, Adductors, and Myofascial (muscle) Pain.

Why should I choose Shockwave therapy at The Vale Clinic?

  • It can be considered before most surgical options
  • Treatment is non-invasive, non-surgical
  • You can access treatment quickly
  • Treatment is fast between 10-30 minutes
  • It is affordable
  • Patients report complete pain relief or significant pain reduction
  • It helps restore quality of life and mobility 
  • Success rates are high between 60 – 80%

What are radial shockwaves

Shockwave Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that involves passing low energy pressure waves into damaged tissues such as tendons and muscle, this increases blood flow and stimulates repair whilst reducing pain and allowing your body to restart its own natural healing process.

 

If you have suffered chronic injury, you will have experienced how it can affect your quality of life and performance in everyday activities that you have long enjoyed, performance at work, taking regular exercise. Shockwave can provide relief and healing even in chronic cases where healing has been unsuccessful.

Who uses Shockwave Therapy?

This treatment is widely used in physiotherapy, podiatry, osteopathy, sports medicine, and orthopaedics to provide fast pain relief and increased mobility. It is widely used in musculoskeletal and sports injury clinics both privately and within the NHS.

How successful is the treatment?

After only 3 sessions, up to 90% of patients report complete pain relief or significant pain reduction, and an improvement in normal function, thus improving quality of life.

 

In chronic conditions alone, an overall success rate ranges from 60-80% when other therapeutic treatments have been unsuccessful. The evidence shows that the most effective treatment is a combination of shockwave and loaded exercise therapy.

How many sessions are needed?

Shock wave therapy is used to treat various pains and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. As recommended in the clinical excellence guidelines. For example, if you’ve had pain for 6 weeks to 3 months, it often takes 3 or more treatments to resolve an issue. For those with over 6 months of pain 5+ sessions may sometimes be required.

 

Patients will be asked to book 3 or 5 consecutive weekly sessions as a package.

 

One-off shockwave treatment is not currently offered and is only offered in addition to a package*.

 

Our specialist podiatrist will assess your response after each session to determine how many more treatments may be needed. Treatments are spaced one week apart as Shockwave Therapy has a cumulative effect.

How much does it cost?

Shockwave Therapy sessions of 5 at £500 respectively, plus a Review appointment £70.

 

Additional sessions to the package are £95 each.

 

An initial consultation appointment will be required for new patients attending the clinic, this is £85.

 

Depending on the type and severity of the disease or pain, the duration of a single therapy session varies. In most cases, a treatment lasts from 10 to 30 minutes.

Is Shockwave Therapy safe?

Shockwave therapy is clinically and scientifically proven, and very safe, it is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK (NICE) and is supported by a wealth of clinical experience and evidence- based practice. 

 

It has NICE guidance for many indications in treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions.

 

Shockwave cannot be used in certain conditions; your Podiatrist will discuss if this is a suitable treatment option for you.

Shockwave Therapy cannot be used:

  • To treat previously ruptured tendons
  • During pregnancy
  • In patients under the age of 18 years (except when treating Osgood-Schlatter disease – knee pain and muscular dysfunction in children with spastic movement disorders)
  • Where the patient has blood clotting disorders including local thrombosis
  • In patients being treated with oral anticoagulants (aspirin, warfarin etc.)
  • Over local tumours, bacterial and/or viral infections
  • Within 3 months of a cortisone injection into/around the injured tissue

Here is an animated explainer video for Shockwave Therapy.

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