To date there is a significant amount of evidence that supports the use of shockwave therapy in the treatment of many common musculoskeletal conditions (see the list of conditions treated above). Research has demonstrated that shockwave therapy can significantly reduce the pain that is associated with tendinopathies (Dedes et al 2018). For more information about a specific condition please see our blog pages to find out more.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) supports the use of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) for a number of tendon related conditions. NICE provides evidence based recommendations and advice for both NHS and private practice healthcare in England. NICE guidelines are set out to guide best practice in health and social care in order to; prevent ill health, protect and promote good health and improve and adapt health care services.
NICE have produced specific clinical guidelines for the use of extracorporeal shockwave therapy in the treatment of:
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achillies Tendinopathy
- Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
- Calcific Tendonitis of the Shoulder
Dedes, V., Stergioulas, A., Kipreos, G., Dede, A.M., Mitseas, A. and Panoutsopoulos, G.I., 2018. Effectiveness and safety of shockwave therapy in tendinopathies. Materia socio-medica, 30(2), p.131.