We have just delivered 4000000 shockwaves! As we hit this significant milestone, physio Johnny Cassidy, looks back on our Shockwave Therapy clinic and the incredible results we have witnessed from this safe and effective treatment.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is a safe and effective treatment with scientifically proven, excellent results for chronic tendon and fascia conditions, such as, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinopathy and frozen shoulder. Shockwave Therapy owes its heritage to lithotripsy where focused shockwaves were used to break apart gall stones so they could be passed. A number of years later, a bit of lateral thinking and a strong evidence base now presents SWT as the ‘gold standard’ treatment for chronic tendon conditions and especially for plantar fasciitis.
Clinical Director Johnny Cassidy recalls,
“I had been been aware of Shockwave Therapy for some time and had carried out a good chunk of research into it when I worked with Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club. At that time the kit was incredibly expensive and it was only really consultant orthopaedic surgeons who were delivering the treatment, mostly in London. My interested was reignited in 2015 when Paul and I attended a conference on professional football injuries where lots of different companies were exhibiting their Shockwave devices. After some discussion and a specialist training course (again in London!) we formed a good relationship with VENN Healthcare who supplied our machine“.
“I was pretty sure Shockwave Therapy was going to be great for our patients, but the results of this treatment have genuinely been surprising. Time and again the treatment has exceeded our patients’ expectations, many of whom had been suffering with chronic conditions for years. There are numerous examples but Claire’s case particularly stands out with complete resolution of her foot pain after 6 years of plantar fasciitis“.
4000000 shockwaves is a big number! This represents over 400 successful outcomes – everything from returning players to professional football to pain-free walking in the Peak District and quick returns to manual jobs.
“I was always pretty confident that this treatment would be ideal for sports people. But the amount of people of all ages and abilities that have benefited from Shockwave Therapy has been impressive. Some of the most memorable success stories are the people who had given up the hope of returning to their activity or recreational sport. Also it has been great to enable to people to get back to work quickly. There was one chap who had reduced his working hours by half as his plantar fasciitis was so debilitating. 6 sessions later he had made a complete return to work.”
The exciting thing about this innovative new treatment is that the evidence base continues to grow meaning the range of chronic conditions that can be safely and effectively treated is ever expanding. The most recent research shows Shockwave Therapy to be successful in the treatment of trigger finger which again we have examples of here at The Physios.
Do get in touch if you would like to know more about Shockwave Therapy or to see if a different treatment approach could help you.View more articles from Johnny Cassidy