Radial Shockwave Therapy

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Radial Shockwave Therapy

Therapeutic Radial Shockwaves are simply controlled pressure waves that are created when a ballistic projectile is accelerated and then impacted against a stop-plate inside a specially-designed hand-piece.

The primary effect of these shockwaves is a direct mechanical force that occurs at a cellular level as the wave’s energy passes through tissue. These waves cause a controlled impact on the tissue being treated.  The result is a biological reaction within the cells of that tissue which causes an increase in blood circulation through the injured site, and triggers the body to accelerate its natural healing processes. Radial shockwave treatments increase the metabolic activity around the site of pain or discomfort. It stimulates the re-absorption of irritating calcium deposits in tendons, accelerates the body’s natural healing process, and reduces pain.

Research indicates that the mechanical stimulation produced by Shockwaves is capable of inducing positive reactive processes in the cellular structure of injured tissue. The most commonly observed
reactions in tissue treated with Shockwave Therapy are;
• Increased Metabolism
• Expression of Substance P (a growth & pain mediator hormone)
• Improvement of cellular tensile stability
• Altered cell membrane permeability
• Increased cell activity by Gene Expression
• Overall improvement of cellular structure
• Re-absorption of calcium deposits in tendons

 Is Radial Shockwave Therapy Effective?

Yes. Clinical research has been ongoing for decades and the published data clearly shows that Radial Shockwave Therapy is a highly effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

Radial Shockwave Therapy works without the need for drugs, stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself, and in some cases can even help eliminate the need for invasive surgery.

Treatable Conditions

Radial Shockwave Therapy can be used to effectively treat;
• Tendonopathy
• Heel Spurs / Fasciitis Plantaris
• Epicondylopathy radialis /Ulnaris
• Patellofemoral Syndrome /Achillodynia
• Myofascial Pain Syndromes
• Tibialis anterior Syndrome
• Impingement Syndrome
• Trigger Point Therapy
• Bursitis
• Osteoarthritis ( spine and joints)
• Shoulder Tendinitis
• Tendon calcifications

Radial Shockwave Therapy has proven to be an effective treatment option for these conditions. It is unique in it’s ability to treat conditions which have become chronic, where other more traditional therapies or modalities have not proven effective.

Patients treated with Radial Shockwave Therapy frequently report immediate response to their treatment. Most report a significant reduction in pain and a noticeable improvement in mobility after their very first treatment.

How Long Does a Radial Shockwave Therapy Treatment Take?

Individual Shockwave Therapy treatments usually involve delivering about 2,000 Shockwave pulses or “shots” per treatment area. This takes about 5 minutes. Most conditions require between 3 and 6 treatments in total. Normally the treatment protocol recommends between 1 and 3 treatments per week. The patient’s body requires “rest & repair” time between treatments in order to allow for natural, accelerated healing.

How Long Before the Patient Reports any Improvement?

Unlike many other forms of therapy, Shockwave Therapy generates
virtually immediate positive results. Even after just one treatment,
patients usually report;
• A significant reduction in pain.
• Improved Mobility (range of motion).
• More normalized muscle tone.
• Muscle “knots” or tightness are usually gone or noticeably reduced & relaxed.

Research References for Shockwave Therapy

1. L. Gerdesmeyer, H. Gollwitzer, P. Diehl, K. Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (rESWT) in
Orthopaedics Journal für Mineralstoffwechsel, Zeitschrift für Knochen- und Gelenkerkrankungen 11/2004

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  2. BÖddeker IR, Schäfer H, Haake M. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) in the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis – A Biometrical Review. Clinical Rheumatology. Acta Medica Belgica, Brussels. 2001;20:324-330.
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