HOW IT WORKS
Radial Shockwave Therapy (also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, ESWT) is an effective, non-invasive solution to pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders. It involves the application of a series of high-energy pneumatic percussions to the area being treated. These are acoustic pulses that travel through the target tissue, mechanically stimulating it to encourage cellular activity and kick starts healing.
There is emerging scientific evidence that Radial Shockwave Therapy is effective in providing pain relief and improving function in patients who have failed other conservative therapy. It has been scientifically proven to help with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, patella tendinopathy, medial and lateral elbow pain, calcific shoulder tendinopathy and other musculotendinous conditions that cause chronic pain due to repeated cycles of aggravation and failed healing.
Radial Shockwave Therapy typically requires three to eight treatments, once to twice week apart to maximise results. Many patients will feel a significant reduction of symptoms after the initial treatment. Studies have shown that the stimulation of the healing process is cumulative and patients therefore continue to notice improvement weeks after ending their treatment. This is via a process called “mechanotransduction” where mechanical energy stimulates an increase in collagen synthesis and encourages tissue remodelling, breaking the cycle of repeated failed attempts at healing.
Treatment is carried out using the shockwave applicator over the injured area to deliver between 2000-3000 shockwaves depending on the type and chronicity of the injury. The shockwave treatments last between five to ten minutes and may be slightly uncomfortable.
The initial phase of treatment may cause some deep pain however, this indicates the correct targeting of the problem area. The latter phase of treatments feels less painful.