Radial shockwave therapy uses short, intense energy waves travelling faster than the speed of sound.
These pressure waves are applied to injury sites to stimulate the breakdown of scar tissues and increase blood flow to reduce inflammation and accelerate the body’s natural healing process.
Unlike treatments like surgery, shockwave therapy is effective yet non-invasive. Although bruising and pain can be temporary, patients don’t have to worry about developing scars, infections, or long-term complications.
How Does Radial Shockwave Therapy Work?
Radial shockwave therapy treats various conditions by introducing micro-trauma to the area treated.
The pressure waves are applied to the treated area for short periods, stimulating cell growth and treating symptoms such as reducing pain and improving the body’s functional mobility.
The waves also release naturally occurring growth factors from the soft tissues that encourage new blood vessels in the soft tissues.
There is minimal discomfort to the patients during the radial shockwave therapy process, and patients experience long-term benefits from treatment.
Radial shockwave therapy is great for treating larger areas of superficial indications, such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and Achilles tendons.
Scientific Evidence for Radial Shockwave Therapy
Many studies have been conducted to analyze the effectiveness of radial shockwave therapy.
BioMed Research International published a journal analyzing thirteen articles regarding shockwave therapy for tennis elbow.
Participants were divided into a treatment group and a control group that either received a placebo treatment or another treatment such as physical therapy.
The results indicate that patients that received radial shockwave therapy experienced significantly less pain and more mobility than patients in the control group. Shockwave therapy helped accelerate the early recovery process and was a reliable alternative for patients who didn’t respond well to other treatments or refused surgery.
Another randomized clinical study looked at radial shockwave therapy for patients with chronic low back pain.
The participants were divided into the treatment group and the control group. Both groups were evaluated against a pain scale, mobility level, and a stabilomettric platform for assessing postural sway.
Results showed that participants in the treatment group experienced significant pain reduction and functional improvement. They also reported significant improvement in postural sway compared with the control group.
Compared to many other treatment methods available, radial shockwave therapy is non-invasive and drug-free. Patients don’t have to worry about complications of taking anti-inflammation medication or long recovery periods from surgery.
Radial shockwave therapy is also low-cost and easy to administer. The shockwave machines provided by Storz Medical and distributed by Shockwave Canada are portable and give practitioners control during the entire treatment process. If you’re looking to up your clinic, radial shockwave therapy is the answer for you.
To learn about how you can incorporate the long-term benefits of shockwave therapy into your practice, contact us today by calling 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visit our website.