Spire Dunedin Hospital launches a fast, new treatment for chronic tendon pain

March 2013

Spire Dunedin Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, has launched a new service this week for the treatment of chronic tendon pain of the foot and ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and elbow. The treatment now brings hope to longstanding sufferers of conditions such as achilles tendinopathy, plantar fascitis and tennis elbow.

Radial shockwave therapy or ESWT is an exciting new, non-invasive procedure that is carried out in our out-patient department.  No anaesthetic, surgery or medication is required.  A shock wave is generated by a small hand piece that is delivered to the area where pain occurs via a compressed air impulse exerted by the hand piece.  The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism in the impact area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing processes.

Evidence has found that only 3 treatment episodes are required to stimulate tendon healing, each taking only 15 minutes.  Shockwave therapy, clinically approved by NICE, is currently unavailable on the NHS.  Spire Dunedin Hospital is pleased to offer sufferers of tendon pain this quick non-invasive treatment, bringing recovery from longstanding conditions such as achilles tendinopathy, patella tendinopathy, hamstring tendinopathy, hip bursitis, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, golfers elbow, tennis elbow and shoulder calcification.

Margaret da Costa, Hospital Director, says; “ESWT offers two key advantages over traditional surgical methods; fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.  Many insurance companies are now recognising this as an effective treatment and will cover the cost or you can self-pay.”  

To find out more about ESWT treatment, call the hospital today on 0118 955 3413.

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