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Radial pressure wave therapy (shockwave)

Radial pressure wave therapy is a form of shockwave therapy which is a non-invasive highly effective treatment option in rehabilitation medicine. Shockwave pulses are generated from compressed air which creates kinetic energy. The kinetic energy that is created is then converted into acoustic waves that generate oscillations in the tissue. As the wave hits the body it travels radially to the depth of approximately 2 inches. At the cellular level this helps to stimulate metabolic activity and promote healing. In just a few treatment sessions, radial pressure wave therapy can reduce muscle pain and aches (pain gate theory), increase blood flow to the affected area and activate connective tissue, all helping to promote tissue healing and regeneration.

Radial pressure wave therapy is an excellent treatment option especially for chronic conditions which aren’t resolving with standard treatment.

What conditions is radial pressure wave therapy used to treat?

It is extremely successful in treating conditions such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Epicondylitis (tennis or golfers elbow)
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Tendinopathies
  • Tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Patella femoral pain syndrome (runners knee)
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Osgood-schlatter disease
  • De Quervain’s
  • Muscle trigger points
  • Scar tissue

What to expect from the session;

Radial pressure wave therapy will be used as an adjunct to your treatment session. Treatment is delivered by a probe being placed in contact with the skin, using a water-based gel to mediate the contact. It is non-invasive and should not be significantly painful. Shockwave therapy usually lasts about 20 minutes in total although the actual treatment time is often less. Typically, approximately 3 sessions are required, each one week apart but you should start to experience some pain relief immediately after the first session. You may be asked to refrain from sporting activities for 48 hours post treatment.

Shockwave therapy is recognised as an effective form of treatment by most insurance companies once the free trial ends.