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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 Quervans 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



& Massage Therapist



Osteopath & Women's
Health Specialist



Chartered Physiotherapist
& Massage Therapist





Kim Stanford

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist



Chartered Physiotherapist
& Nutritional Therapist 


Wilson Mbutu

Senior Physiotherapist

Anil Umer

Massage Therapist



Massage Therapist

Shruti Srivastava

Massage Therapist



Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist


Clinical Administrator
& Receptionist

Kitti Perlaki Profile
Kitti Perlaki

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist

Melinda Bernath

Clinical Administrator & Receptionist


Clinical Administrator & Receptionist

Clinic Address

338 Old York Road,
SW18 1SS

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 - 20:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:30
Thursday 08:00 - 20:30
Friday 08:00 - 20:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00


Mary Foley
Great physio/massage. Would definitely recommend.
Mary Foley
Marion Houlet
Stephen was great! Although I don’t like to cook nor eat, he found the solution to my problem and I have much more energy now for my Yoga and Movement journey.
Marion Houlet
Penny Cooper
Therapist was excellent and the treatment great, thank you. On the other hand: 1. I could hear conversation from an adjacent treatment room and noise from the stairwell which was distracting. 2. The treatment table was too narrow so that I couldn’t relax my arms without them falling off the sides (I’m only averagely ‘wide’ 😉)
Penny Cooper
alessandro napoli
professional people from reception to physiotherapists, Stephen followed me for a problem at my right foot :"severe plantar fascitis". After about ten sessions between massages and shock wave therapy, I am slowly resuming my sporting activity.
alessandro napoli
Megan Brickley
A great experience - I attended the headache clinic, and the advice and treatment given were excellent. The receptionist was also friendly and and helpful.
Megan Brickley
Katrina A
I went in with extreme lower back pain and was treated by Christina. She was fantastic. I left feeling much better than I arrived and with improved mobility, which was great. After doing the exercises prescribed every day for a week, I was back to full range of motion and zero pain. I also referred my husband to the clinic and received a discount on a massage as a thank you, which was a fantastic bonus.
Katrina A
Jamie Wilman
Jamie Wilman
Loetitia Delais
I love this sweet clinic! I have had some great massages and osteopathic treatments with a very friendly reception! . My friends are going there now after my recommendation and loving it too. Now it’s time for me to share it with the rest of the world - Enjoy!
Loetitia Delais
Amit Younger
Great team of professionals. Highly recommended!
Amit Younger

338 Old York Road, SW18 1SS

0203 322 9455

Open 7 Days