ESWT - New treatment for chronic tendon problems at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital

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"Fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity”

What is extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)?

ESWT is an exciting new non-invasive procedure carried out in our Out-patients department. No anaesthetic, medication or surgery is required. Once you have been referred by your GP treatment can start almost immediately after assessment by the consultant.

The sound waves promoted during the treatment, stimulate healing for many physical disorders including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and shoulder calcification. ESWT has been reviewed by NICE and its introduction at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital has been approved by our Medical Advisory Committee.

At Spire Fylde Coast Hospital we use the Swiss Dolorclast ESWT machine - what’s the advantage?

“ESWT offers two main advantages over traditional surgical methods: fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.” FDA

  • no anaesthesia
  • non invasive
  • no medication
  • no surgery
  • fast treatment – 30 minutes per session, 3-4 sessions required
  • fewer complications
  • virtually painless after treatment
  • speedy recovery and quick results

How does ESWT work?

  • a shockwave is generated in the hand piece
  • the shockwave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the hand piece
  • the shockwave radiates out, extending to the entire area where pain occurs
  • usually no more than 3-4 sessions are needed
  • per session : approximately 2500 impulses at 2.5 bars and 4000 impulses for trigger point treatment
  • no anaesthetic is required
  • no surgery or other therapy is required and treatment can usually start straight away

Many indications, one therapy

  • tennis elbow - painful inflammation of the tendon attachment on the lateral elbow
  • shoulder tendinopathy especially calcific Tendonitis - painful limitation of shoulder movement due to calcification
  • golfer’s elbow - painful inflammation of the tendon attachment on the medial elbow
  • trochanteric bursitis - painful periostitis of the outer femur
  • jumper’s knee (patellar tendinopathy) - inflammation of the point of attachment of the patellar ligament
  • shin splints - inflammation of the tibial edge due to excessive strain
  • achilles tendinopathy - painful irritation of the Achilles tendon
  • plantar fasciitis - painful, mostly chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia
  • chronic enthesopathies - painful irritation of tendon attachments due to overexertion or improper strain, or due to degenerative processes

If you would like more information or want to book an appointment for ESWT, please call us on 01253 308066.

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At Spire Fylde Coast Hospital we also have a fully equipped Physiotherapy department staffed by fully accredited chartered physiotherapists. 

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