Focused Shockwave Treatment
Hampden Sports Clinic are now offering Piezowave2 focused shockwave to treat
Tendinopathy, Ligament sprains, muscle strains & more. There is additional information below, but of course - Feel free to contact us to find out how this shockwave service can help you.
At Hampden Sports Clinic we are always looking to invest in the latest treatment technologies to improve the services available to you. This is why we have added Piezowave2 to our practice. Find out how Piezowave2 can help you on your journey back to pain free movement!
Piezowave2 is a focused shockwave system. This means we can target the source of your pain precisely and get you better quicker.
What is shockwave?
Focused shockwave (f-ESWT) harnesses high energy sound waves which are delivered precisely to your injury to activate tissue repair mechanisms at a cellular level.
Are all shockwave technologies the same?
Focused Shockwaves which we use at the clinic generates the energy outside the body and is then delivered to a focal target area deep inside the body. Piezowave2 is the only technology that can create a shockwave which forms direct at the focus of treatment to ensure the delivered energy is maintained.
Radial Shockwaves are actually pressure waves and differ considerably from focused shockwaves. The energy spreads radially on contact with tissues and the density of energy dissipates rapidly through the top layers of the skin reducing penetration depth. This makes Radial systems unsuitable for targeted deeper areas classically associated with ESWT applications.
Radial shockwaves are not as accurate, powerful or as comfortable as focused shockwaves.
In a bit more detail of how it works….
The Piezowave2 focused shockwaves reach their peak pressure precisely on the target tissue.
This treatment can provide an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial effect whilst promoting microcirculation and metabolic activity. It is also proven to reduce the chemical substance in the tissues that induces pain, as well as reverse the growth of pain nerve receptors, meaning we can getting rid of your pain, not mask it.
It is one of the few technologies that has been shown to effectively treat pain syndromes of the musculoskeletal system.
Focused Shockwave treats:
- Tendon Pathologies (Achilles / Patella / Gluteal / Hamstring / Adductor)
- Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Golf & Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Ligament Injury
- Knee Osteo-Arthritis
- Stress Fractures and Non-Unions
- Back Pain
- Knee Meniscal Pathology
Why focused shockwave?
- Targeted treatments
- Stimulate new blood vessel growth (Angiogenesis)
- Stimulate biological, chemical and physical responses to promote tissue regeneration
- Induce calcific reabsorption in tendinopathies
- Promote new bone growth
- More tolerable treatments for your patient
Why we use the PiezoWave2?
- Only DIRECT focused system in the world
- Most powerful system available on the market
- Precise and adjustable penetration depths between 0-100mm
- Smallest, most accurate focal zone
- Most comfortable treatment
How effective is focused shockwave?
Patients can report an initial improvement almost immediately following treatment. Pain scores can drop with many patients reporting pain disappearing completely in 1 session. This DOESN’T meant that you are fixed though!
This reduction of pain is usually (but not always) temporary and is part of the process of helping your tissues heal without compromising other structures.
The reduction of pain is often associated with the analgesic effect resulting from hyperstimulation of the tissue. However, focused shockwave, has been shown to reduce pain physiologically.
Our overall aim is to improve the efficiency of tissue regeneration and reproduction and manage pain throughout the healing process.
Often, positive results (chronic injuries) are felt within 3-4 sessions (average).
What to expect from a treatment
You will be positioned in a comfortable way which gives the therapist access to the injured structures. The therapist then selects the appropriate gel pad to control the depth of the treatment. They will then apply a water based gel to your skin to help transmit the energy into your tissue.
What will you feel?
This is the part where we may need your help and guidance. The therapist will explain the below you can help by guiding them to your pain points as the Piezowave2.
On healthy tissue;
- Very often - not painful.
- Slight ‘toothache’/pinching sensation.
On problematic tissue;
- Replication of pain being experienced.
- Heightened ‘toothache’ sensation.
- Pain should settle within 20-40 seconds.
If the discomfort doesn’t settle in that time, your therapist will move away and come back. The sensation can ebb and flow… this is often when we know we are on the right spot.
On healthy bone;
- Gradual amplification of pain.
- Significant difference in sensation.
On problematic bone
- Is the same experience as the soft tissue sensations outlined above.
Treatment lasts between 6-12 minutes depending on the amount of energy we need to apply. This is determined by the total amount of shocks and the frequency of these delivered.
A typical treatment is 2500 shocks delivered at around 6 shocks per second = 7 minute treatment.
How much, how long and how often?
This very much depends on what you need. There are many variables which include:
- Tissue type being treated.
- Tendon, muscle, ligament
- Stage of healing.
- Tissue tolerance.
- Clinical outcome desired.
Generally a treatment programme may look like;
- Treatment delivered every 3-7 days.
- Time varies on frequency shocks delivered.
Your therapist will guide you through this and ensure you know what your treatment plan is with shockwave to maximise your time with us.
" After nearly six months of chronic achilles tendonitis, physiotherapy treatment and advice at Hampden Sports Clinic, combined with their Targeted Shockwave Therapy was a real game changer. After just a few treatments with Shockwave, the pain in my Achilles was significantly reduced.
This not only allowed me to increase my strengthening exercises to further improve my achilles, but also to walk further and for longer. My dog Fergus was also very happy with this result!
Shockwave was a completely new treatment for me, but I would strongly recommend it for anyone with achilles issues and probably other types of tendinopathy." [Gordon Allan].
- £150 for 3 Stand Alone Treatments
- £25 Bolt On + To Existing Physiotherapy Appointment.
THIS SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE CLINIC FROM 4TH JANUARY 2023.
Clients should book a physiotherapy appointment for assesment of suitability for shockwave treatment.
To find out more information, please Contact Us.
Alternatively, call us on 0141 616 6161.
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