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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is our newest therapy module. It is cutting-edge technology clinically proven to be highly effective in treating chronic soft tissue injuries and certain bone conditions. This therapy is available in our Tanglin and Bukit Timah clinics.

What is it?

Shockwaves are high energy sound waves delivered to specific areas of the body. It 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

It can be used to treat the following conditions:

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

Is it painful?

During the ESWT session, you will feel a strong ‘tapping’ sensation with each shock wave, and the treatment usually lasts 10-15 minutes. The shock waves 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 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.

How many sessions are required?

An average of 3-5 weekly sessions may be required for long lasting healing effects.

Our podiatrists can provide this treatment for you.

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