Approximately 5% of people will have calcification of tendons in their shoulder. Most commonly it in the supraspinatous tendon which is one of the rotator cuff muscles.
Often the calcium will not cause an issue but in those patients who suffer pain it is likely a result of the calcium impinging the rotator cuff beneath the acromion process, this can cause an inflammatory response which can be very painful for a long time especially if the bursa is affected.
It’s isn’t entirely clear what causes deposits of calcium in the tendon but maybe linked to age and damage to the tendon.
Focused Shockwave therapy helps with this condition by creating a micro trauma to the area, increasing blood circulation and cell activity. The focused shockwave treatment results in new blood vessel formation and an increase delivery of nutrients thus relieving the symptoms of pain. Along with osteopathic manual therapy of the associated areas and treatment plan you will have an outstanding chance of getting out of discomfort quickly and back to enjoying a pain free life.
The focused Shockwave’s power can penetrate much deeper than a radial pressure wave (used by roughly 99.9% of other clinics in the UK) with pinpoint accuracy.
It is powerful enough to disintegrate calcification, stones and growths. I do also have a radial shockwave system in clinic which I use for very superficial conditions.
WHAT ARE SHOCKWAVES?
Focused shockwaves are are generated electromagnetically through a cylindrical coil which creates opposing magnetic fields when current is applied. In the medical world, shock waves have been used since 1980 to disintegrate kidney stones, for instance. In modern pain therapy, shock wave energy is applied to the painful body regions, where it can exert its curative action.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Shock waves can accelerate the healing process in the body, they stimulate metabolism and improve blood circulation; damaged tissue can regenerate and fully hea
IS IT SAFE?
Treatment is non-invasive, quick and effective, and has been deemed a safe treatment by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (the body that determines best practice within the NHS). No anaesthetic is required, and the patient doesn’t face a lengthy rehabilitation.