A New Type of Non Surgical Treatment For Soft Tissue, Bone and Joint Pain.

How does the Radial Shockwave Device Work?

Pneumatically generated acoustic pulses (shockwaves) are introduced into the body over a large surface area. This high energy of acoustic waves is transmitted to the tissue on contact and spreads radially into the body. Controlled shock waves cause the body to respond at the lesion site, allowing for improved blood circulation, tissue regeneration and accelerated healing process.
Radial Shock Wave Therapy - a Non Invasive, Non Surgical solution that accelerates injured tissue recovery.
Radial Shock Wave Therapy can be an alternative to surgery, particularly for patients suffering from chronic pain.
The following pathologies can be successfully treated:

  • Heel Spur
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Tendinitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinitis of the Shoulder
  • Shoulder Pain with/without restricted mobility
  • Jumper’s Knee/Patella Tendon Syndrome
  • Bursitis/Trochantheric Bursitis
  • Scar Tissue Treatment
  • Stress Fracture
  • Non Healing Ulcers
  • Sport related injuries

Advantages of Shock Wave Therapy

  • Solution for chronic pathologies
  • Avoid surgery
  • Non invasive method
  • No medical imaging needed
  • Anaesthesia is not required
  • Fast ambulant treatment
  • Quickly reduces pain
  • Only 3-6 treatments needed
  • No side effects

What can I expect from a shockwave session?

Your physiotherapist will localize the area to be treated using a thorough assessment to determine if it is appropriate for you. 

 

 

A water based gel is used to conduct the pressure wave into the tissue and is not moved around to the same extent as an ultrasound head.  Once the shockwave treatment has begun you will hear the noise of the projectile striking the transducer at a frequency determined by your therapist to maximize benefits and minimize discomfort.  Since pressure waves are being used there can be mild discomfort that is felt during the treatment session however this is usually temporary.  Your physiotherapist may increase the intensity of the shockwave slightly if the session is being tolerated well but will ask you before this is done.  The shockwave treatment is generally complete after a few minutes after which your physiotherapist will utilize other techniques to address movement or strength imbalances that may have contributed to the pain.  You may notice a slight discomfort or occasional reddening of the areas treated after the shockwave session.  You will be able to return to work and even continue with sports after the session, however for a few conditions you may be asked to refrain from certain aggravating movements.  Most conditions require between 3 to 8 treatment sessions usually spaced five to ten days apart.  There can be immediate changes in pain after the session; however tissue regeneration will take time.

References

Mani-Babu S., Morrissey D., Waugh C., Screen H., Barton C. “The Effectiveness of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy in Lower Limb Tendinopathy” The American Journal of Sports Medicine 43 2014

Speed, C.  “A systematic review of shockwave therapies in soft tissue conditions: focusing on the evidence” British Journal of Sports Medicine 48 2014

Dreisilker, U. “Enthesopathies” Shockwave Therapy in Practice 2010