Our clinic is one of the few clinics in the area to own a shockwave machine
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 Planter Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy and to name a few. 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 effectually 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. If after 3-4 months there is no change in your condition we recommend you talk to your Physiotherapist with regard to having an Orthopaedic review by a consultant.
What to expect before shockwave therapy?
Shockwave can be mildly painful, with treatment’s lasting between 5- 10 minutes depending on the area being treated. If the pain becomes unbearable, please let your Physiotherapist know so they can adjust your therapy. 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.
We normally recommend that you stay away from sporting or intense activity for 48 hours post treatment. As not to stress the area and allow for the healing process to take place.
Water based gel is applied to the target area and the Shockwave head is applied over the area with a dose suitable for your condition. The affected area is localised with your feedback and moved around slowly or kept in situ over the target tissue. Your feedback is monitored to ensure treatment is tolerated well at the same time.
- Acute Injuries
- Corticosteriod injection within the last 6 weeks
- Vascular / circulation disorder
- Nerve disorder
- Bone tumor
- Metabolic bone condition
- Open Wounds
- Over growth plates in younger persons
- In the vicinity of metal implants or inserted electrical devices
- Caution needs to be taken with patients who are on blood-thinning medications
If you have any enquires or questions relating to shockwave therapy, please don’t hesitate to contact our clinic for more information