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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is our newest therapy module. It is a cutting-edge technology clinically proven to be highly effective in treating chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions. Book an appointment with Physio & Sole Clinic to learn if this treatment is suitable for your condition.

**Shockwave therapy is available in our Tanglin, Jurong, Bukit Timah, Kembangan and Kovan clinics in Singapore.

What is Shockwave Treatment?

Extracorporeal” simply means “outside the body”; therefore ESWT is a non-invasive treatment modality utilising shockwaves. This therapy was first invented in 1980s to treat kidney stones by disintegrating them. Since then, the technology has evolved and found to be highly useful in treating certain conditions involving tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones.

The benefits of ESWT:

  • Non-invasive, non surgical, can be done in clinic
  • No need for anaesthesia or painkillers
  • Minimal risks or side effects
  • Quick pain relief, numbing effect
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Highly effective in treating chronic conditions
  • Breaks up inflammation tissue
  • Release of trigger points
  • Promotes restoration of tissue and joint mobility

Shockwave treatment can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Painful Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Chronic Tendinopathy
  • Hip Pain
  • Jumper’s Knee
  • Shin Pain
  • Heel Pain

If you are suffering from any of these conditions, speak to our Physio & Sole Clinic team for more information about shockwave treatment. Simply make an appointment with us today to get started. With clinics situated islandwide in Singapore, you can find one that is convenient for you. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Shockwave Therapy in Singapore

What happens during extracorporeal shockwave therapy?

High or low shockwaves are administered through a hand-held device to encourage healing in damaged muscles, tendons, and joints, or to break up calcifications and scar tissue. While this form of shockwave treatment is still not as widely used as other options, your physiotherapist can help determine if ESWT is the best course of treatment for your condition. They may also provide instructions on how to prepare for and recover from the treatment.

Is shockwave treatment painful?

During the ESWT session, you will feel a strong ‘tapping’ sensation with each shockwave, and the treatment usually lasts 10-15 minutes. The shockwaves may cause slight discomfort or pain but most patients tolerate it well. Minor bruising may develop, but that is temporary and rare.

What should be done after each ESWT treatment?

You can resume your routine activities after each treatment. You can ice the area if there is discomfort. Aggravating activities, involving the treated area, should be avoided if pain is still present. Concurrent therapy such as physiotherapy or use of insoles is important to address the underlying biomechanical causes of the injury. The physiotherapist or podiatrist will advise you accordingly after each session.

What are the benefits of shockwave treatment?

The benefits of shockwave therapy include reducing inflammation, promoting tissue regeneration, and relieving pain. Shockwave therapy is also an alternative treatment option for those who do not want surgery or medication. Shockwave therapy is also being used more and more for sports injuries. If you are considering this treatment, consult a physiotherapist or podiatrist at Physio & Sole Clinic to see if it is right for you.

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a form of rehabilitation that helps to improve movement, reduce pain, and promote strength and flexibility. It is often used to treat conditions such as lower back pain, tennis elbow, and sports injuries. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to help their patients recover, including extracorporeal shockwave treatment, manual therapy and post-surgical rehab. In addition, physiotherapists often provide advice on lifestyle changes that can help prevent future injuries. 

At Physio & Sole Clinic, we aim to help patients by providing the necessary treatment to help you get back on your feet. Book an appointment for a physiotherapy session in Singapore and our podiatrists will help you with your concerns.

How many sessions are required?

For shockwave treatment, an average of 3-5 weekly sessions may be required for longlasting healing effects. The therapy is usually spaced out at least three days or up to ten days apart. 

Our physiotherapists or podiatrists can provide this treatment for you. To find out more, you can also check out our FAQ page

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