What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?
Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy is an FDA cleared technology proven to increase the rate of healing for soft tissue tendon or fascial injuries. It is the most advanced non-invasive and highly effective treatment method that enhances blood circulation, and accelerates the healing process causing damaged tissue to gradually regenerate.
What conditions can be treated with RSWT?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Retro Achilles Heel Pain (Spurs)
- Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Shin Splints
- Partial Tendon Tears
How does RSWT work?
The ballistic sound waves of the shockwave penetrates deep through your soft tissue, causing a microtrauma or new inflammatory response to the treated area. Once this occurs, it then triggers your body’s natural healing mechanisms. The energy emitted also causes the cells in the soft tissue to release bio-chemicals that intensify the body’s natural healing process. These bio-chemicals allow for the building of an array of new microscopic blood vessels in the soft tissue.
What do studies show?
There have been extensive studies done on Low Energy Shockwave Therapy over the past 20 years. These studies show between a 72% – 90% success rate.
How is RSWT performed?
The system is a small machine with an applicator that looks like an ultrasound. It is administered every few days for a series of 5 treatments. Each treatment takes approximately 5 minutes depending on the size and number of areas treated. All treatments are performed by experienced professionals who apply the applicator to the area and administers the ballistic waves by moving over the affected area in a very slow, circular motion. During the treatment, there may be some minor discomfort. Painful areas are helpful in isolating the truly injured areas.
Why consider Radial Shockwave Therapy?
RSWT has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods, including surgery, without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery periods. There are no incisions and no risk of infection, or scar tissue, like with surgery. There is no need for anesthesia to be administered during the treatment. Patients treated with RSWT may be active immediately and resume their normal routine the same day. Many patients find a significant and immediate reduction in their pain. Some patients will feel results gradually after each treatment.
What are the possible side effects?
There have been very few side effects reported. In rare cases, skin bruising may occur, and patients may feel soreness to the area for a day or two afterward, similar to a strenuous workout.
To learn more about shockwave therapy or to find out if you’re eligible for this innovative procedure, please feel free to contact our office at (248)348-5300 or request an appointment online. Our podiatrists, Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and John D. Miller, DPM, are experts in all areas of foot and ankle care, and will be happy to assist you with any problems you may be experiencing.