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Gout Shockwave Treatment
Gout is predominantly suffered by men over the age of 30, reaching a peak in those aged between 40 and 60.
As physiotherapists, we have historically helped people suffering from gout after they have consulted a doctor, by physiotherapy, creating an exercise programme to ensure that they keep their weight under control, and providing a list of foods to avoid that can exacerbate gout and which should be avoided.
New Gout Shockwave Treatment
But now we can help gout sufferers with a new gout shockwave treatment that we believe will not just alleviate their symptoms but get them back to normal and stop future episodes of this painful illness. This is especially true in the acute phase of gout.
By using shockwave therapy on gout, we disrupt the uric acid crystals that are present in the synovial fluid, deposited within the joint tissues.
Shockwave also helps relieve pain associated with gout and stimulates new blood vessel formation, accelerating the body’s own natural healing process in inflamed tissue and encouraging speedy recovery from not just the pain, but swelling and redness too.
What’s more Shockwave therapy provides an analgesic effect that relieves pain and mobilises the angiogenic and nitric oxide substances to promote rapid recovery from the pain, swelling and redness.
Our clients report immediate relief that continues to improve over the next few days. Most clients require one treatment while others may require 3 to 12. This is all done in 30 minutes to one hour
What Happens During Your Treatment?
Your treatment will be undertaken by a therapist who as well as their shockwave expertise, are also qualified physiotherapists, and thus fully understand the various medical issues associated with your condition. They are also trained to ascertain your medical history to ensure that the therapy is appropriate for your condition.
We use the latest equipment and best technologies in shockwave. This state of art Swiss made equipment, has been developed after many years research into providing improved shockwave treatment. It provides ultra-focused shock wave therapy that is superior to radial shockwave used by many other practitioners.
Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful. It usually affects one joint at a time (often the big toe joint). There are times when symptoms get worse, known as flares, and times when there are no symptoms, known as remission. Repeated bouts of gout can lead to gouty arthritis, a worsening form of arthritis.
Gout flares start suddenly and can last days or weeks. These flares are often followed by long periods of remission, weeks, months, or even years, without symptoms before another flare begins. Gout usually occurs in only one joint at a time. It is often found in the big toe. Along with the big toe, joints that are commonly affected are the lesser toe joints, the ankle, and the knee.
Gout is caused by a condition known as hyperuricemia, where there is too much uric acid in the body. The body makes uric acid when it breaks down purines, which are found in your body and the foods you eat. When there is too much uric acid in the body, uric acid crystals (monosodium urate) can build up in joints, fluids, and tissues within the body. Hyperuricemia does not always cause gout, and hyperuricemia without gout symptoms does not need to be treated.
The following make it more likely that you will develop hyperuricemia, which causes gout:
- Being male
- Being obese
- Having certain health conditions, including:
- Congestive heart failure
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic syndrome
- Poor kidney function
- Using certain medications, such as diuretics (water pills).
- Drinking alcohol. The risk of gout is greater as alcohol intake goes up.
- Eating or drinking food and drinks high in fructose (a type of sugar).
- Having a diet high in purines, which the body breaks down into uric acid. Purine-rich foods include red meat, organ meat, and some kinds of seafood, such as anchovies, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, and tuna.
An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. Your toe is hot, swollen and often so tender that even the weight of the bedsheet on it may seem intolerable.
Why these attacks happen more often at night is not entirely known, but some of the leading ideas are dehydration issues, lower body temperature, and changes in hormone levels during sleep.