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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…
  • YOU’RE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE DONE…
  • 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!

 

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. 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

Andreas

Andreas

Osteopath
& Massage Therapist

Beatrice

Beatrice

Osteopath & Women's
Health Specialist

Christina

Christina

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Massage Therapist

Jack

Jack

Podiatrist
 

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Kim Stanford

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist
 

Steve

Steve

Chartered Physiotherapist
& Nutritional Therapist 

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Wilson Mbutu

Senior Physiotherapist
 

Ermelinda

Ermelinda

Massage Therapist
 

Shruti-Srivastava
Shruti Srivastava

Massage Therapist
 

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Anna

Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

Chara
Chara

Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

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Kitti Perlaki

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

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Melinda Bernath

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

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Ursula

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist
 

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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!

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 may affect future appointments that we are able to offer you.
Thank you.

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 - 21:0
Friday 08:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

No reception cover on Sundays, the door may be locked so ring the bell.

Wills Goldie
Wills Goldie
Great experience
Umberto Sacchetti
Umberto Sacchetti
I have used Wandsworth Physio in three different occasions and every time they resolved my problems. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a good physio or osteopath
Sara Phillips
Sara Phillips
Lauren Dodds
Lauren Dodds
I entered Steve's massage competition at Wandsworth Physiotherapy never expecting to win but was delighted to win a year of deep tissue massages. I had previously seen Steve for chronic shoulder and back pain so winning treatment for a whole year was a real treat and it has helped keep my pain at bay. After each session, I could instantly feel the benefit with tension and stress in my muscles depleted. Thank you for running such an amazing competition! Professional, effective and flexible booking.
Lucinda Hearth
Lucinda Hearth
I saw Steve Hines after suffering with glute pain for several months. By using an ultrasound he was able to diagnose the issue straight away and then target the treatment - turns out it was a hamstring issue causing it which I'm not sure would have been picked up otherwise. Steve suggested a combination of physio and shockwave therapy, and home exercises, which have worked wonders and the issue is now almost resolved. Highly recommend Steve and the team at Wandsworth Physio.
Florrie Barber
Florrie Barber
Rose Harvey
Rose Harvey
I can highly recommend Wandsworth physio - I have seen Steve for various running niggles and always received really knowledgeable and practical advice to solve the route cause of the problem. There's also a whole range of treatment options available such as acupuncture, shockwave and ultrasound - all really helpful to have in one place!
Mary Foley
Mary Foley
Great physio/massage. Would strongly recommend. Really good team and the pummelling definitely helps to fix the sore bits!!
Kris Boger
Kris Boger
Stephen is a real expert and has been incredibly helpful for me on two separate injuries. He has deep knowledge of various treatments and in my case was able to offer one of the latest innovations, which ended up really helping. Highly recommend.
Conny Nielsen
Conny Nielsen
I'd had problems with my shoulders, neck and mid-back for a long time due to many years of office work, bad posture and having a newborn baby to carry around. I was treated by Wilson who was extremely helpful and managed to help rid me of my pain! I have since moved to Denmark, but wish I could have taken him with me! An absolute gem who is not just great at what he does, but was so, so lovely and understanding. I give him the highest recommendation.
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