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Shockwave Therapy

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 Quervans tenosynovitis (mummy thumb)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Calcific tendinopathy in the shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder

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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 & Osteopaths are here to help!


Please take note of our cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.

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. A package of 3 sessions costs £120, a package of 6 costs £210 and 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.

I could not recommend Wandsworth physiotherapy more highly. Both Steve and Sid were invaluable to my marathon preparation and because they offer a wide range of services including physiotherapy, acupuncture and sports massage they are able to treat people in numerous ways to get the best results.

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

Great Physio. Adele is very knowledgeable and helpful. She knew exactly where the pain was and was able to fix it. Everyone is very friendly. It's definitely worth a visit if you have any sort of pain!

Rebecca Nakhle

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

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Cancellation policy

Please note we have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please respect our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths and give them more than 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment. Failure to do so will incur a cancellation charge and result in you needing to pre-pay for appointments thereafter.
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Friday 07:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 09:00 - 15:00


338 Old York Road, SW18 1SS

0203 322 9455

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0203 322 9455 | 338 Old York Road, SW18 1SS