What is Shockwave therapy?
Radial Shockwave therapy (RSWT) is a clinically proven way to accelerate the healing rates in most therapy-resistant tendinopathies, with great effect. It is a modern and highly effective treatment option in orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine over the last 20 years.
RSWT is administered using a handpiece which generates a mechanical pressure wave, which is transferred to the human body by an applicator head and which radiates out in the tissue.
The mechanical energy is absorbed by the tissue and decreases as the distance from the application site increases. The mechanical stress triggers reactions in the tissue that have a positive influence on a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions.
The first medical treatment with shockwaves was lithotripsy. This allowed focused shockwaves to essentially dissolve kidney stones without surgical intervention. Today, over 98% of all kidney stones are treated with this technology. The use of shockwaves to treat tendon related pain began in the early 1990s.
We most commonly use RSWT for the following:
- Insertion tendinopathy
- Tendon problems
- Shoulder pain
- Chronic inflammation
- Hypertonic muscle systems
- Myofascial syndromes
- Hemotoma treatments
How many treatments do I need?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated, but it ranges between 1-3 sessions. More than 3 sessions in a set period will be doing more damage than good, which is why we offer a package which includes 3 sessions as standard