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Shockwave Therapy

Are you struggling with heel pain, Achilles tendinitis or jumpers knee?

Does this describe you?

  • YOU’ve been running a lot lately and now you’re starting to feel a stiff achilles in the morning…
  • You’re knee is sore walking down stairs and your gp has told you it’s jumper’s knee…
  • It feels like you have a pebble in your shoe when you walk…
  • YOU’ve been told you have tennis elbow and just lifting a kettle is agony…
  • YOU get pain in your bottom when you sit down all day…

Then you have come to the right place.

At Wandsworth Physiotherapy and Osteopathy our expert therapists will assess your tendon problem and put together a bespoke treatment plan to get you quickly out of pain.

Shockwave therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy (ESWT)  or radial shockwave therapy (rESWT) is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment for many soft tissue disorders. ESWT delivers impulses of energy (shockwaves) to painful and damaged tissues to promote healing and regeneration.

Most of the scientific research, including many of The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines supports the use of ESWT for tendon pain and some other soft tissues problems including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Patella tendinopathy
  • High hamstring tendinopathy
  • Gluteus medius tendinopathy (Lateral hip pain)
  • De Quervains tenosynovitis (mummy thumb)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Calcific tendinopathy in the shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder

Ready to Make a Change?

At Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy we're focused on getting you out of pain and back to what you love doing, from simply sitting comfortably to playing with your kids, getting back into the gym or being able to run 5k again, our expert Physiotherapists, Podiatrists & Osteopaths are here to help!


All appointments are secured with payment. All appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the start time or not attended will not be refunded.

Benefits Of Shockwave Therapy

How It Works

ESWT works by creating microtrauma to the damaged painful tissues, this increases blood flow to the affected area, stimulates cell regeneration and healing, and can also stimulate local chemical release in the painful tissues that desensitise the nerves that are causing pain. 

ESWT is a very successful line of treatment for people with tendon problems and scientific research is showing a very high success rate especially when shockwave is combined with physiotherapy and exercise.

What happens during a Shockwave Therapy treatment?

If you are suffering from one of the conditions listed above you may be recommended to combine shockwave with your ongoing physiotherapy or osteopathy. A shockwave session is 15 minutes long, in which approximately 2500 shockwaves are applied to your injured body part.

Some ultrasound gel is applied to the skin and the shockwave probe is then applied to the body to deliver the shockwaves. These pulses of energy are uncomfortable but should not be overly painful.

Your first shockwave treatment will start on a low pressure, building up to a level that you can tolerate. In each subsequent session the aim is to increase the pressure thus creating more of a therapeutic effect.

How many treatments will I need?

We recommend six sessions of ESWT over six weeks for most tendon problems. You may not experience an immediate improvement in your symptoms and you may also notice a brief increase in pain. However you should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms during the 6 week treatment process, with results most noticeable up to 90 days after your course of shockwave has finished.

We do not offer individual sessions of shockwave as a single session will not be very beneficial, instead we offer packages of 3 or 6 shockwave therapy sessions. Check out the prices of a package of 3 or 6 shockwave sessions here, we recommend that for maximal therapeutic effect these sessions are used over 3 of 6 weeks. You can self-fund your shockwave treatment or speak to your medical insurer as most insurance companies do cover this type of treatment alongside your physiotherapy treatment.

Is Shockwave Safe?

A meta-analysis of 106 studies has shown that there are no adverse effects to shockwave other than discomfort from the treatment itself. It has also been shown to be as or more effective than steroid injection, with no risk of tendon rupture post shockwave (whereas risk of rupture increases post steroid injection).

How do I book?

You can book online for shockwave, you will be directed to book and pay for either a block of 3 or 6 sessions of shockwave by your therapist. You may also know that you would like shockwave treatment and you can call our reception team and block book your sessions of shockwave.

Brilliant all round experience. After sustaining a marathon injury during training Wandsworth Physiotherapy managed to fit me in the next day and was back up and running within 2 weeks after three 30 minute sessions. Gave me exercises to go away and do in my own time too so felt like I was making the most of their and my time too.

Marina Williams

These guys are fantastic! Really quick to reply and they found me an appointment on the same day. I've since had regular treatments with Alessio who is excellent, and my torn IT band, shoulder and other ailments are much improved. Brilliant for both sports injuries and wellness.

Gerry Sweetland

Booked an appointment for the same day on a Saturday. Adele has been very welcoming and helpful, providing useful advice as well as efficient treatment. Great local clinic, will definitely come back and recommend.

Jean Reverdy

Steve was excellent. Long term/complex shoulder injury treated over a number of sessions - patient, curious and methodical. Great treatments and programme of exercises and I'm back to pain free swimming.

~ Nick Outlaw

I've been several times for several different problems and Steve has always been excellent. He listens really carefully and asks good questions to find out exactly what's wrong, and is very clear with follow-up exercises to continue the therapy at home. Highly recommend him!

Vanessa Harriss

Meet The Team



Senior Osteopath and Massage Therapist


Practice Manager



Senior Chartered Physiotherapist

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Foj William Olawo

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist



 Senior Podiatrist


Advanced Senior Chartered Physiotherapist

Kitti Perlaki Profile


Clinical Administrator & Receptionist



Clinical Administrator & Receptionist


Chartered Physiotherapist



Chartered Physiotherapist



Senior Chartered Physiotherapist



Massage Therapist



Clinical Lead Chartered Physiotherapist

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Clinical Administrator & Receptionist


Clinical Administrator & Receptionist

Get In Touch

Request a call back - tell us about your problem… if you’re not sure what physiotherapy or osteopathy are and whether they can help your problem request a call back from one of our expert therapists.

We can listen to your problem and let you know if we can help... just leave your details using the contact form and we'll be in touch as soon as possible!

Please note: Enquiries are checked daily and will be responded to within 24 hours during clinic open hours.

Cancellation Policy

Please note we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please respect our therapists and give them more than 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment. All appointments are secured with payment. All appointments cancelled within 24 hours of the start time or not attended will not be refunded. Failure to make payment on request will affect future appointments that we are able to offer you.
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Telephone Reception

We have reception cover most of the time we are open, however if you can't get through it's quick and easy to book online. Please be aware that calls to Wandsworth Physiotherapy & Osteopathy are recorded to comply with ICO data protection and the recordings are stored for 3 months then deleted. All stored information is password protected.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 21:00
Thursday 08:00 - 21:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

No reception cover on Sundays - please book online, the door may be locked so ring the bell.

Saket Gautam
Saket Gautam
Shreya was really helpful, and helped with my back pain.
Elizabeth Maludi
Elizabeth Maludi
I visited the clinic with back injury. Rogel was really nice and helped me to get moving again. Got a platform to do exercises and great advice how to adjust my running routine.
Hamish Matthews
Hamish Matthews
Shreya was incredible in the lead up to my marathon, such a kind and wonderful person and I definitely wouldn’t have got the time I did without her help
Emily Smith
Emily Smith
Prarthi has been absolutely brilliant and solved the pain I'd been having for 6 months in my shoulder and back. She took the time to try different methods and I'm now pain free after expertly done massage and acupuncture. I'm extremely grateful and would highly recommend!
Cameron Davies
Cameron Davies
A big thanks to Rogel who helped me recover from a leg injury over a few sessions, with his impact immediately evident after the first one. Rogel offered valuable advice and a personalised plan throughout, and I enjoyed our good chats! Strongly recommend Rogel and Wandsworth Physiotherapy!
Antony Hutt
Antony Hutt
Really great staff and very friendly. Been working with Rogel to fix hip issues and have seen massive progress already. Highly recommend.
Rai Grismanausks
Rai Grismanausks
A big thank you to Shreya who did wonders for my shoulder, and Rogel who helped with my lower back pain. Both excellent physiotherapists. I’m back to lifting weights pain free once again
Sean Blackmore
Sean Blackmore
Prarthi was a brilliant physio for me and really understood the situation, and helped me recover from a knee injury. Very knoweledgable and personable, I would highly recommend her! The experience with Wandsworth Physiotherapy generally was great also.
Loetitia Delais
Loetitia Delais
A big shout out and thank you to kitti who gave me an amazing body massage and a wonderful facial! Her technique and caring approach along with her positive aura made me feel safe, relaxed and a few years lighter! Her smile is contagious and she truly deserves for me to share this unique experience to the world!highly recommend Kitti
Niamh O'Shea
Niamh O'Shea
Professionally run with friendly, accommodating & professional staff. Extremely satisfied & Would definitely recommend!

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