Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) For Tendinitis

What Is RSWT (Shockwave Therapy)?

Radial shockwave therapy machine
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Radial shockwave therapy (RSWT) is a method for the treatment of superficial orthopedic disorders developed over the past 20 years.

The original application of focused shockwaves was for shattering kidney stones (focused shockwave). The technology has now developed into an alternative method of treatment for superficial orthopedic problems with virtually identical efficiency.

A projectile accelerated in the handpiece generates a mechanical pressure wave. The wave is transferred to the human body by an applicator head, which radiates out in the tissue. The mechanical energy is absorbed by the tissue. Absorption decreases as the distance from the application site increases. The mechanical stress triggers reactions in the tissue. This results in a positive influence on a wide range of orthopedic and neurological conditions.

What Do We Use It For ?

We use RSWT Radial shockwave therapy to treat a variety of orthopaedic and sports injuries. Each session takes about 15 minutes and acute conditions usually require around 5-6 sessions (once weekly) while chronic conditions usually require 8 or more sessions.

These conditions include:

  1. Acute and chronic tendon problems such as Achilles tendonitistennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), patella tendonits, quadriceps tendonitis, iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)

Radial shockwave therapy for tendonities

  1. Plantar fasciitis causing heel pain

RSWT for heel pain

  1. Neck and back pain with the RSWT ( Radio shockwave therapy) being used for trigger point releases

RSWT for neck and back pain

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