- What is it?
Shockwave Therapy or Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (rESWT) is a revolutionary treatment for overuse musculoskeletal conditions. This process induces microtrauma to the injured tissue and the body responds by increasing blood circulation and metabolism. This in turn speeds up the body’s natural healing response by increasing cell generation and dissolving troublesome calcium deposits.
Conditions which can be treated by shockwave include:-
- Plantar fasciitis/ Heel pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Patella Tendonitis
- Greater Trochanteric Bursitis
- Shin splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Hamstring injuries
- Shoulder Bursitis and Calcific Tendonitis
- 75-90% success rate
- Immediate analgesic effects
- No anaesthesia required
- No medication required
- New technology with proven medical effects
- Why should I choose you?
Paul Collins MSc MCSP MAACP (Chartered Senior Physiotherapist)
Paul Collins studied Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton, acquiring a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Science. Previously he studied Sports Coaching and Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2000.
Paul worked previously in professional sport for 4 years with Milton Keynes Dons Football club.
Paul has been Lead Physiotherapist at Blakelands Treatment Centre with Ramsey Healthcare for the past 2 years.
As the clinical director, Paul now leads the department of Physiotherapy, treating a large variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
Passing radial shockwaves through the surface of the skin with the Swiss DolorClast initiates an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue that is being treated. This prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue. This accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.
- Olympian's Case Study
London 2012 Case Study
Crista Cullen (Team GB women’s hockey player) has been one of Great Britain’s leading female hockey players for the last 10 years and has represented her country at two Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing. She was chosen to represent Team GB at London 2012 and won an Olympic Bronze Medal.
What was the injury?
In the lead up to London 2012, Crista had been suffering with pain in the underside of her left foot and was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis. “As a defender, I have to take corners when my team is on the attack and the technique that is required to perform this specialist skill means putting a lot of my body weight through my left ankle,” Crista explained. “When I was in a training phase or playing in competitions, my foot would get very sore and I’d feel a sharp pain in my heel and up my leg.”
How did the patient hear about Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?
Once Crista’s condition was diagnosed, she underwent an intensive course of physiotherapy and had orthotics fitted to her shoes. However, neither of these interventions provided a lasting solution and it was decided that in order to effectively and accurately target the problem area in her left foot, a course of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy was recommended by Mike Rossiter, the Great Britain women’s hockey team doctor.
What treatment was administered?
Crista was given three courses of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy treatment over a period of three weeks at the BMI Hampshire Clinic, where Mike Rossiter is a practicing clinician. Because the treatment is non-invasive, Crista was able to continue with her training in the run up to three important competitions: The Four Nations, The Champions Trophy and the European Championships. “The shockwave therapy was an attractive treatment option because it was imperative that I could continue training,” Crista said. “If you take a couple of weeks out, your fitness falls away really quickly.”
What were the clinical results?
Mike Rossiter described the clinical outcome of Crista’s treatment as “very successful”, while Crista said: “I still have the Plantar Fasciitis in my foot but the shockwave therapy treatment has definitely reduced the amount of pain that I’m experiencing and that allows me to focus on my game, rather than getting distracted by pain in my left foot.”
What is the patient’s reaction to the treatment?
Crista said: “I’m really pleased that I had the shockwave therapy treatment because it’s made a meaningful difference and I’ve been able to train all the way through the treatment, to win medals at my most recent competitions and to continue my preparations for London 2012. I liked the treatment because once the location of the pain has been precisely identified it can be targeted directly. With an approach that’s so precise, it allows you to make good gains.”
You will be invited to undertake an initial consultation lasting 30minutes. If the therapist doesn’t feel shockwave therapy is indicated then the cost will be £30 only.
If Shockwave Therapy is indicated you will receive the first of four treatment sessions during the initial consultation and the cost is £300 for 4 sessions.
Private Healthcare cover for Shockwave Therapy
If you have private health care insurance please contact your insurance provider to confirm the following things:-
- That you are covered to be funded for radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
- Whether you need a GP referral.
- Whether the treatment needs to be undertaken by a consultant, a physiotherapist or either.
- Your membership number and authorisation code.
"I HAD GIVEN UP ALL HOPE. AFTER YEARS OF SUFFERING, SWISS DOLORCLAST® BROUGHT ME THE KIND OF RELIEF I NO LONGER THOUGHT POSSIBLE." Felix Egloff, shoulder pain sufferer. Former President of Switzerland largest health insurance company, now general secretary of ATRADFelix Egloff
"WITHOUT SHOCKWAVE THERAPY, SPEEDY HEALING WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE." Wolfgang Härle, Heel Spur patient. Former cross-country skiing world championWolfgang Härle
"I HAVE NO MORE PAIN AND SUCCESSFULLY FINSHED THE JUNGFRAU MARATHON AND THE FRANKFURT MARATHON." Dr. Frieder Katz, Heel Spur Patient. Darmstadt, GermanyDr. Frieder Katz
"I FELT A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN JUST THREE SESSIONS." Joseph Diebels, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy following moderately successfull elbow surgeryJoseph Diebels
"FOR THE PAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS I HAVE USED RADIAL SHOCKWAVE THERAPY IN MY DAILY WORK. I MYSELF SUFFERED A GREAT DEAL FROM PAIN AND UNDERWENT HEEL SPUR SURGERY. AFTER THREE SHOCKWAVE TREATMENTS, I FEEL NO MORE PAIN AND CAN PLAY FOOTBALL AGAIN. IN FACT, I’M TRAINING MY SONS, WHO WANT TO BECOME PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS." Dr. Georgi, Tönning, Germany, Physician and Heel Spur PatientDr. Georgi
"I’VE BEEN TREATING HEEL SPUR SINCE 1982. THE SWISS DOLORCLAST® METHOD IS A GREAT ADDITION TO MY TREATMENT CONCEPT. MY SUCCESS WITH THIS UNIQUE UNIT IS WITHOUT EQUAL. PATIENT COMFORT AND ACCEPTANCE ARE EXCELLENT. FORTUNATELY, THE TREATMENT IS SO FAST AND SIMPLE THAT I HAVE NEVER HAD TO USE ANESTHESIA." Hartley Miltchin, Dpm (Doctor Of Podiatric Medicine), Toronto, CanadaHartley Miltchin
"SWISS DOLORCLAST® IS OUR PERMANENT COMPANION ON ATP’S TENNIS TOURNAMENTS AND HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH PLAYERS." Dr. Jan Schneider, Universitätsklinikum, Ulm, Germany Attending Physician of the Atp Tennis TourDr. Jan Schneider
"OUT OF 100 CASES OF CALCIFIED SHOULDER – MANY PATIENTS HAD BEEN SUFFERING MORE THAN TWO YEARS – THE SUCCESS RATE WAS 90 PERCENT." Dr. Med. R. P. Mahnke, Chirotherapy, Mönchengladbach, GermanyDr. Med. R. P. Mahnke