Our clinic is one of the few clinics in the area to provide this service.
Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RPW) is a form of shockwave therapy which has been shown to be highly effective in treating chronic conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy and Chronic Low back Pain. Research has shown that shockwave therapy can improve such conditions by 70-85% and is known to be a safe non-invasive form of treatment and shown to have no serious side effects of complications.
We use the Chattanooga Intel RPW, which is the latest and most advanced machine on the market.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
The term shockwave refers to high energy sound waves which accelerate the healing process by stimulating the metabolism and improving the blood circulation. Damaged tissue regenerates and eventually heals.
How does it work?
Shockwave Therapy works by delivering compressed air though the hand piece and causing acoustic energy to be transmitted into the underlying tissue, resulting in;
An inflammatory response, which encourages increase in blood flow to the area and stimulates the healing process.
Blocking of the pain transmission through the pain gate mechanism and its effect on sensory nerves.
Breaks down scar tissue and calcifications
When should I see improvement?
You should see improvement after your first treatment. However 3-6 sessions are usually needed to effectively treat a condition. Sessions are normally spread out between 7-14 days. Continued improvement can be seen for up to 3 months after the completed treatment period.
It may take up to 3 months for maximal results to be achieved.
What to expect before shockwave therapy?
Shockwave can be mildly painful, with treatment lasting between 5- 10 minutes depending on the area being treated. It can be painful 2-4 hours post treatment. However, in rare cases it can last up to 48 hours. Normal side effects include reddening, mild pain and swelling.
If you have any inquiries or questions relating to shockwave therapy, please don’t hesitate to contact our clinic for more information.