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Shock Wave Therapy

Shock Wave Therapy

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is now available from our clinics in Cardiff.

Shock Wave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that stimulates the body's soft tissues to repair themselves, providing a natural healing process. It is particularly effective in breaking down poorly healed tissues caused by trauma or overuse, offering relief for conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, heel pain, and shin splints.

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Dolorclast Radial Shock Wave

iPS offer Shock Wave Therapy, using the EMS Swiss Dolorclast Radial Shock Wave Machine, for the treatment of musculoskeletal (MSK) symptoms that have not responded to conservative treatments, such as rest, medication, physiotherapy, injection. This advanced treatment is available at our Cardiff City Centre Clinic, one of only a few locations in South Wales.

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Why choose iPS?

Experienced Physiotherapists

Quality Services

Our equipment and facilities are of the highest standard, which you will notice from the moment you enter one of our clinics. Our highly qualified specialist physiotherapists will listen to your concerns and build a Shock wave treatment plan to suit your individual needs.

Quality Facilities

Skilled Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists at IPS have completed accredited training courses giving them an in-depth knowledge of structural anatomy and body mechanics. They are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

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Specialist Equipment

iPS endeavour to offer you the best, evidence-based and proven treatments in our clinics so that you are on the fastest road to recovery, which includes the Dolorclast Radial Shockwave, one of the most advanced machines of its kind and offered at limited specialist clinics in the region.

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How Does Shock wave Work?

Shock Wave works by delivering impact waves to targeted tissues, triggering inflammation and increased blood flow to promote healing in areas with limited blood supply like tendons and fascia. Although some discomfort can be felt during treatment, the power can be adjusted for individual tolerance levels, and any sensitivity post-treatment typically diminishes within a few days.

What conditions can we treat with Shock wave therapy?

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Achilles Tendinopathy

  • Heel Pain

  • Shin Splints

  • Gluteal Tendinopathy

  • Shoulder Tendinopathy

  • Hamstring Tendinopathies

  • Tennis Elbow Tendinopathy

  • Golfers Elbow Tendinopathy

  • Calcific Tendinopathy of Rotator Cuff

  • Gluteal Tendinopathy

  • Shoulder Tendinopathy

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    What are the benefits?

    Shock Wave Therapy is a A non-invasive treatment option, free of medication. It stimulates your body's soft tissues to repair itself and is effective for a number of conditions. The treatment is highly evidence based and recommended by NICE for treatment of chronic tendon pain, that has not responded to more conservative tretament including rest, medication, exercises.

  • Works by delivering impact waves to trigger inflammation and increased blood flow for healing.

  • Adjustable power levels for personalized treatment.

  • Negligible post-treatment side effects which subside quickly.

  • Improvements in symptoms often seen within the first week.

  • Long-lasting relief from conditions with the full benefits of treatment typically experienced within six weeks.

  • How many sessions of shockwave do I need?

    Most research showing significant reduction in chronic tendon pain is based on 3-4 sessions of shockwave. Therefore, we recommend an initial course of 3 sessions. If you are satisfied with the reduction of pain after 3 sessions, then you can stop treatment and continue with an exercise programme recommended by our physiotherapist. If your symptoms are still troublesome after 3 treatments, you can continue up to a total of 6 sessions.

    How often do I need to attend treatment?

    Most research is based 1 session per week, so that is what we recommend.

    Why should I choose IPS for my ESWT?

    iPS use the most advanced shockwave machine available – The Dolorclast Radial Shockwave. The The Radial Dolorclast Shockwave machine produces significantly more energy than other less expensive devices. Research has shown that better results are achieved at higher energy shockwaves, and so Shock Wave treatments are more likely to be effective using the Radial Dolorclast. Physiotherapists at IPS have completed accredited training courses giving them an in-depth knowledge of structural anatomy and body mechanics. Those practising ESWT have received additional training in this technique specifically. They will complete a thorough assessment of you, essential to proceed, and deem your suitability for ESWT as a treatment. They will consider your medical history, health status and requirements. They will provide expert advice on a rehabilitation programme for you to complete alongside having ESWT. If ESWT is appropriate for you, and the risks and benefits have been considered, you will be offered information on the technique and have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have before proceeding. You will then be asked to complete and sign a consent form if you decide to proceed. This confirms that you understand and accept the risks and benefits involved with the treatment.

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    Shock Wave Therapy Initial Assessment & Treatment

    Information: This appointment includes a comprehensive assessment of your injury / condition, discussion about the shockwave treatment process and expectations of treatment. You will receive your first shockwave treatment and will be advised regarding approriate self help strategies and exercises. You will be rebooked for any follow-up session/s.

    Time: 45 Minutes

    Cost: £100.00

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    Shock Wave Therapy Follow-up Treatment

    Information: This session involves a follow-up shockwave treatment, brief review of your symptoms and advice on self management and exercises.

    Time: 30 Minutes

    Cost: £75.00

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