What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?
Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy might sound scary to those who are already scared of doctors. That is because the name might cause you to relate it to getting electrocuted or being shocked. However, that is not at all what it is. The shockwave is an acoustic wave pulsation that is created when an object reaches the speed of sound. It is often used to treat chronic pain and offers relief to the patients. Read on to learn more about what Radial Shockwave Therapy is and what it can do for you.
Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy is an FDA cleared technology that’s proven to accelerate the healing process for soft tissue tendinopathy. It improves blood circulation and increases the rate of healing which causes damaged tissue to gradually regenerate. Furthermore, it is the most advanced treatment method that is non-invasive and highly effective.
What conditions can be treated with RSWT?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Patellar Tendinopathy
How does RSWT work?
RSWT is mostly used to treat chronic pain, which is pain that persists for longer than 12 weeks. When you experience it, your body stops recognizing that there is an injury to that area and stops the healing process. The ballistic sound waves of the Enpuls penetrate deep through your soft tissue, causing a microtrauma or new inflammatory condition to the treated area. This becomes a trigger for your body’s natural healing response. The yielded energy, then, has an effect on the cells in the soft tissue causing them to release special bio-chemicals which enhance the body’s natural healing process. These biochemicals, in turn, give way to the development of an array of new microscopic blood vessels in the soft tissue.
What do studies show?
Over the past 20 years, Low Energy Shockwave Therapy has gone through various comprehensive studies. These studies have found that the success rate of the treatment falls between 72% – 80%.
How is RSWT performed?
The treatment needs to be administered once a week for 4-5 weeks. Each session takes about 5 minutes, depending on the dimensions and amount of areas being treated. It is provided by experienced professionals with a small machine that has an applicator like that of an ultrasound. The Doctor performs the treatment by placing the applicator on the injured area and administering the ballistic waves by going over the affected area in a circular motion, very slowly. The patient might feel slight discomfort during the treatment, however, pain is a sign that the area is truly injured.
Why consider Radial Shockwave Therapy?
Research has shown that the success rate of RSWT is equal to or greater than that of more traditional treatments such as surgery. With RSWT there is no risk, no fuss, and no recovery period. RSWT is non-invasive, so there is no risk of infection or scar tissue.
Low Energy Shockwave Therapy doesn’t require anesthesia during the treatment. Furthermore, patients may immediately go on with their day and be active after the treatment. For some patients, pain reduction is immediate and significant. While for others, the effects might show themselves gradually after every session.
Why RSWT instead of Physical Therapy?
There are many differences between RSWT and Physical Therapy. First of all, you have to go to Physical therapy 2 or 3 times a week, for a 6-week period and each session takes no less than an hour. RSWT, on the other hand, requires you to attend a session only once a week during 4-5 weeks and receive the treatment in five minutes.
What are the possible side effects?
Very few side effects have been reported in patients. Very rarely there might be skin bruising. The only pain that the treatment might cause will occur one or two days after the treatment. It will show itself by producing a discomforting soreness, like that of an extreme workout. However, that pain is normal and only indicates that the treatment is working.
Is it covered by my Insurance?
No, unfortunately, RSWT is not covered by insurance plans. However, you should ask your doctor about what they can do to make it affordable for you.
Overall, RSWT is one of the most effective methods to treat chronic pain that the body has stopped healing. It artificially brings an injury to the already injured area and causes the body to start its natural healing process again. It has proven to be just as successful as surgery, and that is without any incisions and risks.