What is Radial Shockwave Therapy

By | August 30, 2014


What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Radial shockwave therapy is a new breakthrough technology used to treat chronic (long term) tendon disease such as Achilles tendinitis that has failed to respond to normal treatment.

The technology is based on lithotripsy, which has been used for many years to treat kidney stones. High energy sound waves are created and focused on the injury using a special applicator. Shockwaves are repeatedly applied to the injury area, and will break down scar tissue and calcifications in the area, which in chronic cases the body is unable to repair itself. As the shockwave breaks down the tissue, the body starts generating new tissue leading to healing.

What is the benefit of this treatment over surgery?

  • Outpatient treatment

  • no anaesthesia

  • non-invasive

  • virtually painless after treatment

  • no medication

  • quick results

  • high success rates

  • improved quality of life

Shockwave therapy is proven to be as effective as traditional surgery and doesn’t involve an operation, being in plaster, or a long rehabilitation period which can last over 6 months. Shockwave therapy only requires one treatment weekly over 3-4 weeks. Treatment is safe, non-invasive, only takes 10 minutes and is as good as results achieved by surgery.

What conditions can be treated with shockwave therapy?

conditions treated successfully with shockwave therapy include:

  • plantar fasciitis

  • achilles tendinitis

  • shin splints

  • patella tendinopathy  (knee pain)

  • hamstring tendinopathy

  • Greater trochanteric syndrome (hip pain)

  • lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

  • calcific tendinitis of the shoulder

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