Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment which is helpful in providing pain relief for patients suffering from a number of common painful orthopaedic conditions or sports injuries.

The treatment works by applying energetic (not electrical) shockwaves to the painful area. The shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcifications as well as initiating increased blood circulation to the area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing processes.

What conditions can be treated?

Shockwave therapy can be used to treat chronic tendon inflammations in the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, Achilles and sole of the foot.  It is recommended for conditions such as heel pain (plantar fasciitis), tennis elbow, tendonitis of the shoulder, tendinopathies of the Achilles tendon, hamstring and patella as well as other painful areas like trochanteric bursitis.

Conditions recommended for treatment with shockwave therapy:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Calcific Tendonitis Shoulder
• Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
• Achilles Tendinopathy
• Trochanteric bursitis (Lateral hip pain)
• Patella Tendinopathy (Jumpers Knee)
• Medial Tibial Periostitis (shin splints)

What happens at a treatment session?

Your consultant will locate the painful area by palpation, or in some cases using ultrasound, and then apply a contact gel before administering the shockwaves.  The procedure is non invasive, virtually painless and significant clinic benefit is often seen six to eight weeks after treatment. Generally, one to three sessions are required but your consultant will discuss an appropriate treatment plan with you.  Each treatment session lasts approximately twenty minutes.

How successful is treatment?

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy treatment is a highly effective treatment available for patients with chronic tendon disorders, and is used widely by sports physicians and orthopaedic surgeons. This is a very successful second line treatment for patients who fail to respond to appropriate physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy is a non surgical treatment, and works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues within the abnormal tendon. This increases the blood flow within the affected area, stimulating cell regeneration and healing, and decreasing local factors which can cause pain. Patients are typically treated in an outpatient environment (not in theatre), and the procedure does not require any type of sedation or anesthetic.

The Assert Protocol

The Assert Protocol is a multi-centre project throughout the UK whose objective is to provide a consistent and robust platform to enable accurate scientific evaluation of the clinical effectiveness of shockwave therapy for the management of soft tissue injuries. This protocol is designed to be a simple and efficient method to record the clinical outcomes of shockwave therapy and comply with the NICE guidance. Patients at Horder Healthcare will be given the opportunity to become part of this study.

Who can access this service?

This service is currently only available to self funding and medically insured patients. A GP referral is required to book an initial appointment.

Privately insured patients

As shockwave therapy is recognised by NICE most private medical insurers will cover such treatment. However, it is essential that patients consult their insurance companies and obtain written confirmation that they will be covered prior to their appointment.

Self funding patients

Self funding patients will need a GP referral for an initial appointment at a cost of £157. Patients can expect to then receive approximately three treatments, dependent on outcome of initial consultation and the individual condition. The maximum cost for three treatments is £600, which includes a follow up consultation three months after treatment with the clinical specialist to discuss the results.

If you have a long term condition and have tried conservative measures such as physiotherapy you can ask your GP for a private referral for Shockwave Therapy at Horder Healthcare Eastbourne or at The Horder Centre in Crowborough.

What our patients say

  • Fi Tillman

    Physiotherapy | The Horder Centre

    “My surgeon, Sam Rajaratnam, my physiotherapist, Hannah Munn and I all worked together to ensure a swift recovery from the operation. It now means that I can undertake my wheelchair transfers with less pain and manage to mobilise over very short distances with crutches and orthotics.

    From my first consultation to the moment I left, the service at The Horder Centre was first class. There is clear emphasis on genuine care, compassion, cleanliness, empathy and viewing the patient holistically."

  • Billy Bonds

    Hip Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    “I chose The Horder Centre because an actor friend of mine, whom I see once a year, had just had an operation there and said it was absolutely brilliant. 

    All the staff, from the surgeon to the hall porter (apart from the fact he supported Spurs), were top drawer. I think it is the attention to detail that makes The Horder Centre special. My brother, who had a similar operation elsewhere, couldn’t believe it when I told him that a nurse escorted me to my car when I left.”

  • Peter Wooster

    Knee Replacement (total) | The Horder Centre

    “I was in constant pain with my knee before the operation and it meant that walking was seriously curtailed and when I cycled it was beginning to hurt. Since the operation, the more cycling I do, the better the knee gets.

    The entire care package was excellent. The Horder Centre is different because it is a specialist hospital with a world-class reputation that I found to be incredibly professional yet so friendly with really fantastic staff.”

  • Michael Smith

    Physiotherapy | The Horder Centre

    “I decided to fight to get back to my sport. My wife, a chiropractor, knew of the Horder Centre’s reputation so I decided to have physio there. I have to say that without the input of the physiotherapists, first Sam, then Annemarie, at The Horder, I don’t think I’d have got the 95% movement back in my arm. It helps if you’ve got a fighting mentality, and you’re not going to accept the injury, but the work they did was essential. It was quite radical physio and there were many sessions but it worked and I am forever in their debt.”

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