Radial ShockWave Therapy
Whats is Radial Shockwave and how can it help you?
Radial ShockWave Therapy ( RSWT ) has been around since the mid 1980s in Europe, but it was not common here until the last decade likely due to the exorbitant costs of the technology. Shockwaves were developed in a medical environment originally to treat kidney stones.
So first off, What is a Shockwave
A shockwave is a physically generated sound wave that occurs when an object reaches the speed of sound. These shockwaves can occur in nature such as when a jet plane flies overhead or after lightning strikes. Radial Shockwave technology is acheived with a compressor and applicator to generate the shockwave, high energy percussion, and transmit the sound wave using water soluble gel into scarred and/or calcified soft tissue.
How do they help in healing?
The healing process is increased by creating a stimulus or irritation to the tissue. The shock waves irritation create new vessel blood formation or “neovascularization” to the damaged area. This influences an increase in blood circulation and metabolism, where damaged tissue will regenerate and heal.
What can Radial Shockwave help with?
Radial Shockwave is a well-researched, and effective treatment for chronic conditions and have been otherwise resistant to common therapies.
Issues such as:
Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and thickening, Epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow), Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee) and Calcific tendonitis of the Rotator Cuff in the shoulder.
It is also very effective for hallux limitus associated with painful bunions, though it will not cure the structural defect of bunions. In keeping with the research and providing evidence based use of this treatment, we have utilized this treatment for chronic low back pain, sacroiliac pain and osteoarthritis in the knees.
Whats can you expect during treatment?
1st Locate Treatment Area – The area to be treated is located using palpation in order to deliver the therapy precisely
2nd Apply Gel to Treatment Area – Sufficient amount of gel is applied to the area located in step 1. Use of gel is necessary to transfer the acoustic waves efficiently and smoothly
3rd Initiate Treatment – The Shockwave applicator is slightly pushed against the area to be treated and the start button is pressed.
Radial Shockwave Therapy is applied without medication, for example Cortisone injections. The treatment stimulates and effectively supports the body’s self healing mechanisms. It is usual to experience immediate pain relief following the treatment and hence improved movement.