This therapy works without the use of X-rays or drugs; it stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process. There is actually an immediate reduction of pain and improved ease of movement. Secondary effects are minor. Shockwave therapy may also eliminate your need for surgery.
A course of Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) typically consists of four visits – three treatment sessions administered over a three week period after your initial assessment. The painful site is identified and approximately 2000 shockwaves are administered using a hand held applicator in combination with a conductive gel. The process is relatively pain free and can be adjusted for patient comfort. Remember, these are sound “shocks”, not electrical shocks. The treatment lasts between 5-7 minutes. Occasionally a fourth treatment may be indicated.
The response to treatment varies from one individual to another. Many patients experience significant relief after one treatment, while others may require three treatments. The healing with RSWT is a cumulative process; therefore, patients continue to have results weeks after ending their treatment. RSWT produces cellular breakdown and hence a subsequent rebuilding or healing process, for this reason maximum relief is usually felt at the twelfth week after the last treatment.
RSWT has been subjected to more valid scientific study than any other modality in physical medicine. The results far exceed other types of modalities and have been published in numerous well respected medical journals. Here are a few examples: