Radial shock wave is a non-invasive treatment helps with Pain Relief, increasing metabolism, increasing the circulation and restoring a normalized muscle tone. It is very effective on tissues/ muscles with trigger point and/or increased tension.
A glimpse of how it is done
How are shockwaves generated?
Shockwaves are generated from a projectile mechanically hitting a transmitter, which in turn produces a series of low energy acoustic (sound) waves. These waves are applied to the skin via a gel medium. The waves then travel downwards into the deeper tissues, providing effective fast pain relief.
How do shockwaves help?
Shockwaves accelerates the healing process by activating the body’s healing mechanism. They stimulate the metabolism and enhance the blood circulation. This in turn helps the damaged tissue to heal and gradually regenerate.
What happens during and after a shockwave procedure?
During the session, patients can feel a strong tapping sensation with each shock wave but the treatment only lasts a few minutes. Patients feel a significant difference after a session of shockwave. However, they may experience temporary soreness or tenderness for a few days following the procedure, as the shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response, which in turn aids the body’s natural healing process.
Routine activities can be resumed after each treatment. If there is excessive soreness or discomfort in the area cold packs can be used, though it is better to let the body’s inflammatory response aid in the healing of the tissues that have been treated. Concurrent physiotherapy is important to address the underlying injury.
Shockwave Therapy is used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, primarily those involving connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. It is an effective treatment method for a number of conditions, a few of which are listed below:
- Elbow – tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow
- Shoulder – calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff tendons, frozen shoulder
- Hip – bursitis, Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Knee – patellar and quadriceps tendonitis
- Lower leg – shin splints, tight calf muscles, Achilles tendonitis.
- Feet – heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis
- Back pain – lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain
- Pregnancy. This is an absolute contraindication for treatment to the stomach. However, treatment to the ankle in pregnancy would be acceptable.
- Clotting disorders/patients on anti-coagulants. Shockwave can cause bleeding for these patients.
- Joint replacements: Shockwaves can potentially loosen joint implants.
- Infection. Shockwave can increase cell production and thus they are not applied to areas of infection.
- Cancer: Shockwave to cancerous tissue could encourage cell growth in cancer tissue.
- Corticosteroid injection: Shockwave is not recommended at the site of treatment for six weeks as steroid injections tend to weaken the area.
You can consult one of our Physiotherapist if you suffer from a condition that might need treatment with a shockwave. Call us for an appointment or send your queries to: email@example.com