Radial shockwave therapy is a high amplitude pulse of mechanical energy generated by a compressed air impulse. This mechanical wave initiates an inflammatory response in the area treated. The treatment stimulates the blood circulation and healing process. Chronic scar tissue and calcifications are also treated. Shockwave therapy is used in the treatment of tendon and muscle conditions. These include tennis elbow, patellar tendinopathy, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis. These conditions are often difficult to treat and can become longstanding and chronic.
It is common to experience immediate relief of symptoms post treatment. A course of 3 shockwave therapy treatments is commonly prescribed, in conjunction with an exercise programme.