Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a modern, safe and non-invasive treatment used in orthopaedic and rehabilitation medicine. The term shockwave refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave stimulating blood flow, cell regeneration and healing in damaged tissues. NICE (National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence) recommends it as an effective form of evidence based treatment backed by substantial research, and a 75-84% success rate for most soft tissue injuries.


Here are some disorders which Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat:

  • Shoulder pain: Tendinopathy and Subacromial pain syndromes.
  • Back and neck pain: Myofascial pain syndromes and idiopathic lower back pain.
  • Elbow pain: Tennis and Golfer’s elbow medial, and Lateral epicondylitis.
  • Hand pain: Dupuytren’s disease, De Quervain disease, trigger finger, and Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip pain: Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome and Trochanteric bursitis.
  • Hamstring pain: Hamstring tendinopathy, insertional.
  • Knee pain: Osteoarthritis, patella tip syndrome and Osgood-Schlatter syndrome.
  • Achilles tendon: Achilles tendinopathy, insertional and mid body.
  • Foot and heel pain: Plantar fasciitis.


Shockwave Therapy is covered by some health insurance companies. Please check your individual policies. Treatment can only be provided by trained Chartered Physiotherapists, Registered Osteopaths, Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

This service will be available at the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy from early 2023. For more information or to book, please call us on 020 8789 3881. For other forms of physiotherapy, click here.