Radial Shockwave Therapy
Radial shockwave therapy is a non-invasive tool that uses sound waves to carry high energy to painful musculoskeletal tissue.
Its main benefits include fast pain relief and mobility restoration. Because radial shockwave therapy is non-surgical and does not require painkillers, it is an ideal treatment therapy for various conditions that cause acute or chronic pain.
Heel Spur and/or Plantar Fasciitis
Heel spurs occur as a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus) causing heel pain and limitation in daily activities such as walking or running. They are closely associated with scarring or inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis), as they present similar symptoms. Radial shockwave therapy can treat heel spurs and plantar fasciitis by catalysing biochemical decalcification of the calcium buildup. This allows the particles to be removed by the lymphatic system, as well as reversing chronic inflammation by increasing the activity of mast cells that are responsible for the body’s inflammatory response. Shockwaves have been shown to aid in fast recovery, return to daily routine, and long-lasting effects in up to 88% of the patients.
Lateral Epicondylalgia (Tennis Elbow)
Tennis elbow is caused by excessive load bearing by the tendons as they attach to the bone. This causes microtears in the tendon, which leads to the disruption of collagen fibres and decreased blood flow. While achieving a totally effective tennis elbow cure, is not guaranteed, radial shockwave therapy has been proven to be an effective treatment. It helps by creating microruptures in the tendons and bones which stimulates an increase in growth factors that promote growth and regeneration of new blood vessels, improving blood supply and supporting faster healing of the tendon.
What should I expect during a Radial Shockwave Therapy Treatment?
The duration of each treatment session will differ slightly depending on the condition being treated and it’s severity. Typically they only take 5-10 minutes. In order to administer the radial shockwave therapy, the physiotherapist will locate the area of pain. Gel is applied to the area to increase efficacy. The radial shockwave therapy device is then held to the gel and shockwaves are applied.
Does it hurt?
The therapy is relatively painless most of the time. There may be a slight discomfort depending on the level of pain already being experienced. At times the shockwaves may be uncomfortable, especially if the pain level of the patient is high. However, since the treatment is quick and efficient, there are hardly ever any issues in regards to pain or discomfort.
How many sessions will I need?
We advise 6-8 sessions one-two times per week, depending on the condition being treated and its severity.
If you have any questions about radial shockwave therapy, or are interested in the service, feel free to reach out and contact us today!