What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT), otherwise known as Shockwave Therapy (or shockwave treatment) uses high pressure acoustic shock waves that travel through the skin to break down targeted tissue. The goal is to reduce pain and stimulate tissue repair.

What conditions can Radial Shockwave Therapy treat?

Shockwave treatment has been proven effective in treating stubborn conditions that typical conservative management has failed in resolving. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Hamstring tendinopathy
  • Patella tendinopathy
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Shin splints
  • Osgood schlatter disease
  • Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder
  • Tendonitis treatment

How many treatments will I require?

This differs between individuals and various injuries. A typical treatment course is between 3 – 5 sessions to gain a successful result.

How does Radial Shockwave Therapy work?

  • Increases circulation: Improved supply of oxygen and nutrients to increase healing
  • Reversal of chronic inflammation: Restoring the body’s normal healing processes
  • Stimulation of collagen production: Healing injured tissue and making it stronger
  • Reduces ‘Substance P:’ Offering pain relief by reducing the concentration of this pain mediating chemical at the injury site

What will happen during my Radial Shockwave Therapy session?

During shockwave treatment, a contact gel is applied to the injury site, where acoustic shockwaves are delivered in a controlled and focused manner via a hand-held probe. The treatment typically lasts up to 5 minutes per area treated. 

Shockwave treatment can be used for a variety of clinical outcomes, including in tendonitis treatment. For more information about shockwave treatment, contact the team at Western Region Health now.