No, although they are both sound waves, acoustic waves come in many different patterns and wavelengths. Shockwaves and ultrasound waves possess entirely different physical properties and effects on humans. Shockwaves have a lower frequency with a higher energy density – leaving less chance for damage to healthy tissues and more depth and precision during treatment.
Most people find the treatments relatively painless. There may be some discomfort or sensitivity over scarred tissues or around bony processes during the treatment. This pain is usually only present for a few seconds and goes away the moment the treatment stops.
Yes, Shockwave therapy should not be pointed towards malignant tumours or foetuses during pregnancy. Another contraindication is Deep Vein Thrombosis/DVT.
Yes, however a 3-4-week wait is recommended before starting treatment.
Although it is common to start seeing results within 2 treatment sessions, the majority of people will start feeling the benefits of shockwave therapy following 3-4 treatment sessions.
The first visit which includes the initial assessment is usually 45 minutes while follow-up appointments last around 20 minutes.
Depending on the complexity of your condition, less or more time may be needed. This does not affect the cost of treatment.
Typically yes. If for some reason you are an exception, your options will be explained and you will be provided with treatment alternatives and/or an appropriate referral. In these rare cases, you are charged only for the consultation.
Usually 3-6 treatments, spaced between 5-14 days apart. 1 week between each treatment is ideal. Treatment protocol is followed with a 4-6-week healing period.
ESWT is a safe, non-invasive therapeutic intervention without the dangers of a surgical procedure and postoperative pain.
Although rare, possible temporary side-effects include mild localised ache or/and skin redness following intense application.