Does it hurt?
Some patients report discomfort during treatment, though this varies depending on the person, the body part and the condition being treated. Within the first few seconds, shockwave therapy causes temporary anaesthesia in the area being treated. This can help the clinician increase the frequency to therapeutically beneficial levels without causing too much discomfort.
The anaesthetic effect can last for a few hours after treatment. Care should be taken not to over-exercise the treated area during this time. If treatment becomes too uncomfortable, let the clinician know.
Is it safe?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states that shockwave therapy is safe, although it can cause minor side-effects, including bruising and reddening of skin in the area being treated.
Individual treatment sessions – £110
Block of 3 treatment sessions – £300