Radial Shockwave therapy is a relatively new treatment in clinical orthopedics. This type of therapy is non-invasive and uses a series of ballistic projectiles to deliver a therapeutic mechanical force to tissues. Shockwave therapy was initially used to dissolve kidney stones in the form of sound waves, helping patients avoid surgical intervention. In the 1990′s researchers learned about the benefits of mechanical shockwave therapy to address orthopedic conditions of the soft-tissues.
How Does it Work?
The mechanical head of a shockwave device delivers a rapid series of low-intensity projectiles. The frequency and intensity of these projectiles can be adjusted depending on the type of tissue and patient tolerance. The shockwaves are delivered to the areas of tissue dysfunction, and help to remodel scarred or painful areas. The shockwave device used at One Physical Therapy is unique in that it can be adjusted to the comfort and needs of each patient.
Treatment durations can last between 5-10 minutes. In order to achieve optimal results, patients are recommended to undergo shockwave therapy at least 3 times per week, for a total duration of 4 to 6 weeks.
There are a great variety of tendon and myofascial syndromes that can benefit from shockwave therapy. These include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis or Tendinosis
- Muscle strains/injuries
- Connective tissue pain or injuries
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) or Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Jumper’s knee (patellar tenodinitis)