Radial Shockwave Therapy
As part of the cutting edge treatments on offer at our practice, we now also offer Radial Shockwave Therapy and have one of the top branded international machines - the Chattanooga Intelect RPW - all the way from California! Keep on reading for more information on this therapy or contact us for more information or links to academic studies of specific conditions.
What is Radial Shockwave?
Radial Shockwave is also known as Radial Pressure Wave or Extracorporeal Shockwave and is a revolutionary form of treatment being used for chronic tendinopathies, insertional tendinopathies and myofascial pain/fibrosis. The shockwave unit uses acoustic energy in the form of long wave shock pulses which are transmitted into the tissues being treated and can penetrate to a depth of 1-4cm. Shockwave treatment is pro-inflammatory and increases circulation to the treatment area as well as stimulating healing and tissue regeneration. It also assists in breaking down any weak or abnormal tissue (including calcifications).
Shockwave is especially effective when treating chronic tendon injuries, as healing has stopped due to poor circulation and the tendon shows degeneration as opposed to inflammation (as in acute injuries).
Radial Shockwave Therapy has been well researched over the last 5 years, and although it is a relatively new treatment it has shown exceptional results in a variety of conditions.
What Conditions Does it Treat?
Although Radial Shockwave Therapy can be used to treat many conditions, it is most effective with the following:
- Plantar Fasciitis (including calcaneal spur)
- Achilles Tendinopathy (chronic)
- Shin Splints
- Patella Tendinopathy
- Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
- Severs Disease
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome (ITB/runner’s knee)
- Trochanteric Insertional Tendinopathy
- Calcific Tendinitis of the shoulder
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Finger tendinopathies
- Chronic Muscle Pain
What are the side effects of the treatment?
During the treatment, you should experience some pain or discomfort. (The purpose of the treatment is to cause inflammation and promote healing in the tissue). You may also experience pain, swelling, bruising or redness for 1-3 days after treatment. There are no known long term side effects of Radial Shockwave Therapy.
How many sessions will I need?
You will usually need between 3 and 6 treatments with Radial Shockwave Therapy but may even start to feel results as soon as after the second treatment. The healing and regeneration will continue even after the final treatment session and improvements can still be noted months after your last treatment.
What are the contraindications?
Please make your physioterapist aware if you have any of the following conditions as treatment may be contraindicated or we may need adapt accordingly.
- Haemophilia or other coagulation disorders
- Currently on anticoagulant medication
- Acute Infammation or Infection
- Polyneuropathy (in treatment area)
- Cortisone Treatment (must wait 6 weeks after injection)
- Risk of Haemorrhage
- Malignant or undiagnosed Tumours
- Implants and areas where implants have been removed
- Severe Arterial Obstructions
- Deep Vein Thrombisis, Phlebitis or Varices
- Systemic or local infection
To book your Radial Shockwave session, contact us.
*Please note that although shockwave therapy does have a recognised procedure code (72204), it has not yet been approved by all the medical aids and you may not be reimbursed for this treatment. It is a cutting edge specialised treatment with incredible results, so we do encourage clients to enquire with their medical aids so that this code can be reviewed and added as an approved physiotherapy modality.