Exeter radiologists chosen for national research programme

Dr Silver and Dr Redfern to take part in ASSERT Protocol

A team of Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologists in Exeter have been chosen to take part in an important national clinical research programme that will help patients suffering with debilitating foot, ankle, knee, hip, elbow and shoulder pain.

Dr David Silver and Dr Andrew Redfern practice at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but also run a private clinic at the Exeter Nuffield Hospital. They are experts at identifying and treating soft tissue injuries through diagnostic and image-guided intervention. As part of the intervention service they offer, they have been successfully treating patients in the local area with an Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) device.

Silver and Redfern were among the first clinicians in the UK to start using revolutionary Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy technology more than a decade ago and their experience and success with the non-invasive procedure means both men have been chosen to take part in the national ASSERT (Assessment of effectiveness of extracorporeal shockwave therapy for soft tissue injuries) protocol.

They will join a number of other highly-respected clinicians across the UK in helping to build a clinical research database that will monitor how Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is being used on a national scale and how successful it is as a treatment form.

“We’re honoured to have been picked to take part in such an important medical research programme,” said David Silver. “All of the scientific evidence supports the use of radial shockwaves to combat chronic soft tissue injuries and we’ve been successfully treating a good number of patients each month at our Exeter Nuffield Hospital clinic who have had their lives severely compromised by debilitating pain.”

Andrew Redfern said: “In order for Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy to develop further as a treatment form and give patients an even greater chance of overcoming their debilitating pain, it is important to build up a national research database that will highlight the use and success of the technology nationally.”

The Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy device that Silver and Redfern use at their Exeter Nuffield Hospital clinic works by passing low-energy radial shockwaves through the skin to initiate an inflammation-like response in the injured tissue.

This prompts the patient’s body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism. This accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.

Silver and Redfern treat various musculoskeletal conditions using a variety of treatment methods – including Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy – at their Exeter Nuffield Hospital clinic and offer a range of affordable treatment packages that are often covered by private medical insurance.

For more information about the Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy service available at their Exeter Nuffield Hospital clinic, e-mail exeter.enquiries@nuffieldhealth.com or telephone 01392 262110.

Jonathan Mudd

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