Revolutionary shockwave therapy is proven to relieve chronic pain caused by injuries commonly experienced by over-50s
Men and women that are suffering with excruciating pain in their heels, feet, hips, elbows and shoulders are being given a new lease of life, thanks to a revolutionary new medical treatment.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is being used by clinicians across the UK to successfully treat chronic soft tissue injuries, such as tendonopathies, that are commonly found in the over-50s and are notoriously debilitating to live with.
ESWT is an effective non-invasive procedure and may prevent the requirement for surgery. Typical treatment programmes take minutes and most patients are pain-free after three treatment sessions and able to return to full mobility.
An increasing number of over-50s are turning to ESWT because they want to be able to enjoy the simple things in life, whether it’s going for a stroll in the countryside, doing a spot of gardening or being able to play with their grandchildren.
Jean Dickie, a 70-year-old retired school teacher, turned to Spectrum Technology’s Swiss DolorClast treatment device after failing to find a lasting cure for her Plantar Fasciitis (pain in the underside of the foot).
She said: “I endured three years of terrible pain with my heel – it was absolutely awful. I tried various treatments such as painkillers, physiotherapy, using special insoles in my shoes and even a couple of steroid injections but nothing helped. The pain was so bad that I was often in tears.”
But after undergoing three ESWT treatment sessions, Dickie is now enjoying a pain-free life and says she “feels years younger”. She added: “The pain has gone completely and I have been able to return to normal activities and enjoy my retirement.
“Mobility is so important when you get older because if you have pain and discomfort it can knock your confidence and general appetite for life. But this shockwave therapy treatment has had a really positive impact on me and I’m so thankful.”
A growing number of NHS and private treatment centres across the UK are offering an ESWT service to patients that have failed to find a lasting cure for their injuries with conventional treatment methods.
How does it work?
During the ESWT treatment process, low energy shockwaves are passed through the skin to initiate an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue.
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 healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.
The benefits of ESWT
- Impressive clinical success rate
- Reviewed by NICE and FDA-approved
- Treatment sessions take minutes
- Non-invasive treatment
- Fewer complications than surgery
- No need for anaesthetic
- No lengthy rehabilitation
- Recognised by most private health insurers