Shockwave Therapy for tendon injuries

shockwave therapy jointcare

This is a revolutionary and non-invasive treatment for chronic tendon inflammation. It is very successful even when other treatments have failed and usually no more than 3-4 sessions are required.

A series of mechanical energetic shockwaves are applied to the area that needs treatment. The wave creates an inflammatory response, increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the impact area, which in turns accelerates the body’s own healing process. The shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcification.

Dr Turner is the most experienced practitioner on the Island having been successfully using shockwave therapy since the 2012 Olympic Games. Her audited results of treatment mirror the current literature. She uses her ultrasound machine to confirm the tendinopathic nature of your pain prior to shockwave therapy…helping to ensure the correct diagnosis has been made and that this is the best treatment for you. She also uses the ultrasound to carefully place the shockwave head over the centre of the problem area improving the outcome of the treatment .

Conditions suitable for treatment:

  • Tennis / Golfer’s elbow
  • Calcific tendinosis of the shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinosis / enthesopathy
  • Patella tendinosis
  • Trochanteric bursitis – gluteal tendinosis
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome

The shockwave treatment is undertaken by Dr Jenny Turner at the St Martins Surgery.

Booking an appointment for Shockwave Therapy

  • We would advise discussing this treatment with your own GP first to ensure that this is a potential treatment for you
  • Appointments should be booked by contacting Dr Turner’s secretary on 237757
  • The initial consultation lasts approximately 30 minutes and includes the first Shockwave Treatment
  • Subsequent sessions then need to be booked one week apart (they cannot be less than a week or more than two weeks apart)
  • A review at 12 weeks is recommended following your final treatment

Advantages of Shockwave Therapy

  • Non-invasive
  • No medication involved
  • No anaesthesia required
  • No surgery
  • Minimal side effects – (transient redness, small bruise, transient increase in pain)
  • Fast treatment – 30 minutes per session, 3 to 4 sessions required 1 week apart
  • No serious complications
  • Can give an immediate reduction in pain
  • Significant clinical benefit often seen 6 to 8 weeks after treatment
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