Radial Shockwave Therapy
Posted on 3rd December 2019 at 13:40
Are you one of millions of people who suffer from pain? If you are one of them, you know how chronic pain can become unbearable. Now there is a Physiotherapy therapy which fights the causes of chronic pain without the need for injections, medication or surgery. Read about this now and see if we can help you...............
Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical treatment, and works by delivering impulses of energy, targeted to specific damaged tissues. This type of treatment was first discovered many years ago and was used in breaking up kidney stones (lithotripsy). More recently however it has been found that shockwave can be very effective in the treatment of various sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Radial Shock Wave Therapy is effective for many musculoskeletal problems even when other therapies have proved ineffective.
RSWT uses a series of high energy shockwaves applied to the area that needs treatment. The impulses are delivered through the skin as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured tissue as an aspherical ‘radial' wave. The shockwave is delivered to the tissue via a compressed air impulse exerted by the hand piece of the machine. The treatment then initiates an inflammation-like process in the tissue that is being treated. The body responds by increasing the blood circulation and metabolism at the treatment area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing processes. This increase in the blood flow within the affected area, stimulates cell regeneration and healing, and decreases local factors which can cause pain. The shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcifications.
Most conditions need between 3 and 5 sessions on a weekly basis to maximise the effect. It is commonly used and is accepted by many specialists as a useful option in some conditions. Most reports suggest it can be effective in 70-80 % of problems. This can be a very successful second line treatment for patients who fail to respond to appropriate physiotherapy or other conservative treatments. Like most treatments is often works best in combination with rehabilitation, physiotherapy, podiatry etc…
Conditions it is used for:
Radial Shockwave Therapy treatment is a highly effective treatment available for patients with:
Calcified tendon issues of the shoulder
Trigger point treatment (in muscles)
Lateral hip pain, Greater trochanteric bursitis
Patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee)
Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
Plantar fasciitis, including heel spurs
Please feel free to speak to us if you would like any further information about radial shockwave therapy treatment.
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