W7, W5, W13, Ealing, West London
57 Elthorne Avenue
Hanwell, W7 2JY
T: 020 8566 4113
Please phone the number above during working hours to make an appointment. Our reception service will be happy to book your session.
10 min. walk from Boston Manor Tube Station.
15 min. walk from Northfields Tube Station.
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Here at CK Physiotherapy, we are always working to ensure we deliver the most up to date evidence-based therapies to our clients.
We are very pleased to now offer Shockwave therapy or Extra Corporal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).
Not all Shockwave therapy is the same. At CK Physiotherapy we are pleased to offer true Focussed Shockwave rather than Radial Shockwave offered by many other clinics. See our blog on why.
We use the very latest shock wave therapy technology to treat recreational and professional athletes. Our equipment allows the use of multi-applicator technology enabling us to choose the precision transducer head for your condition. See a testimonial video for a patient who had shockwave
Therapeutic shock waves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones without causing skin injury over 20 years ago.
Today the use of shock waves has been successfully extended to other therapeutic and wellness applications. Although especially popular in Europe it is still a relatively new technology for musculoskeletal intervention in the UK.
The basic technology involved in extracorporeal shockwave therapy has been used for decades to treat millions of people. The technology has been used most extensively in Europe and during all this time, ESWT of the musculoskeletal system has been found to have virtually no serious side-effects when used by trained physicians. In fact, even mild side-effects such as tingling, aching, redness, or bruising are relatively rare, mild, and transient.
The effectiveness of the treatment modality for specific conditions has however been reviewed accepted by both NICE (UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and FDA (US Food and Drug Administration). There is a growing body of evidence on the effectiveness of shockwave therapy as well as having a large body of academic evidence for the positive outcomes of this type of therapy (e.g. Legat 2014; Loska 2017; Moya et al 2015).
This is a very effective therapy for many chronic painful musculoskeletal problems, examples of which are:
It has the added benefit of having very few risk factors or contra-indications so there is little potential to cause any harm.
This type of treatment is now recommended by the majority of Consultant Orthopaedic surgeons when the muscular, connective tissue (the web of connecting the tissue between structures) and tendon problems become chronic (i.e. lasting longer than 3 months).
In some studies, it has shown to be as effective as steroid injections
We have collected together a series of links relating to the use of Shockwave Therapy in specific conditions:
American Journal of Sports Medicine: //ajs.sagepub.com/content/31/3/425
At initial assessment, if shockwave is for some reason not the best clinical option for you, the physiotherapist will discuss alternative options.