Radial Shockwave Therapy is an FDA-cleared technology proven to increase the rate of healing for soft tissue tendinopathy. It is an advanced, non-invasive, and highly effective treatment method that enhances blood circulation and accelerates the healing process, causing damaged tissue to regenerate gradually.

At OAA's Podiatry Specialty, we utilize targeted sound waves to reduce inflammation and spur regenerative processes deep within damaged tissue. Patients report lasting pain relief and restored function within just a few sessions. 

What are The Benefits of Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) offers a range of therapeutic benefits for those suffering from various musculoskeletal conditions. Here are some key advantages of this innovative treatment:

  • Improves Blood Flow: Enhances circulation and oxygenation to aid healing.
  • Reduces Inflammation: Fights inflammation, reducing chronic pain.
  • Boosts Collagen Production: Stimulates collagen for better tissue support.
  • Decreases Calcification: Clears calcium deposits in damaged tendons.
  • Interrupts Pain Signals: Lowers pain perception by reducing Substance P levels.
  • Relaxes Trigger Points: Alleviates muscle tension to ease pain.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With RSWT?

Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) is increasingly recognized as an effective treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Its non-invasive nature and wide application range make it a valuable option for chronic pain and injury patients. Some of the primary conditions that can benefit from RSWT include:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Quadriceps Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Tendinitis in Biceps/Triceps
  • Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Trochanteric Tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Various Foot Wounds

How Does RSWT Work?

When you experience chronic pain, your body no longer recognizes that there is an injury to that area. As a result, it shuts down the healing process, and you feel no relief. The ballistic sound waves of the enPuls penetrate deep through your soft tissue, causing a microtrauma or new inflammatory condition to the treated area. 

Once this occurs, it then triggers your body's natural healing response once again. The energy emitted also causes the cells in the soft tissue to release certain 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?

Studies on Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) have demonstrated its effectiveness in treating a range of conditions. Research indicates RSWT can be beneficial for patients with chronic low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. It's also been shown to effectively treat both calcific and non-calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder. According to these studies, the success rate of RSWT ranges between 72% and 80%.

How Is RSWT Performed?

The system is a machine with an applicator that looks like an ultrasound. It is administered once a week for a series of 4 to 5 treatments. Each treatment takes approximately 5 minutes, depending on the size and number of areas treated.

All treatments are performed by experienced professionals. The physician applies 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 equal to or greater than traditional treatment methods, including surgery, without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery periods. There are no incisions or risk of infection or scar tissue, like with surgery.

Unlike high-energy shockwave therapy, RSWT does not require anesthesia during treatment. Patients may be active immediately and resume their normal routine the same day. Many patients experience a significant and immediate reduction in their pain. Some patients will feel results gradually after each treatment.

Why RSWT Instead Of Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is 2 to 3 times a week for 6 weeks, and you are at the facility for no less than an hour. More importantly, a co-pay is usually required for every visit, which could be $40 or more. Over a six-week period or 15 visits, this can add up to $600 in out-of-pocket co-pays.

RSWT treatments are only once a week, for 5 minutes each. This highly effective modality is faster and more effective than Physical therapy, and the cost of the RSWT treatments is usually less than the total of your PT co-pays. If you want fast results in less time and would like to save money, the RSWT treatment is a better choice.

How To Schedule An Appointment

Radial Shockwave Therapy at OAA's Podiatry Specialty represents a leap forward in treating persistent pain that hampers your step. By choosing RSWT, you’re opting for a scientifically backed, non-invasive approach to pain relief. If you're ready to put an end to your discomfort and reclaim your mobility, it’s time to take action.

Experience relief and regain mobility with Radial Shockwave Therapy at OAA's Podiatry Specialty. Call 610-973-6200 or book online to schedule your appointment. Take the first step towards a pain-free life today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Shockwave Therapy feel like?

You might feel a bit of discomfort during shockwave therapy, but for most, it’s like a quick, mild sting. However, the intensity can be adjusted to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment.

What are the possible side effects?

There have been very few side effects reported. In rare cases, skin bruising may occur. Patients may also feel soreness in the area for a day or two afterward, similar to a strenuous workout.

Will I be in pain afterward?

A day or two after the treatment, you may feel a slight discomfort, like a bruise, but that is normal and is a sign that the treatment is working.

Is it covered by my Insurance?

No. RSWT is not covered by insurance plans, but ask your doctor how they can make it affordable for you.

What is the difference between radial shock wave therapy and focused shockwave therapy?

The main difference between radial shock wave therapy and focused shockwave therapy is the type of energy used. Radial shock wave therapy uses ballistic sound waves that penetrate through soft tissue, while focused shockwave therapy uses high-energy acoustic pulses directed at a specific point. Additionally, the treatment area for radial shockwave therapy tends to be larger than for focused shockwave therapy.  Both types of shockwave therapy have been shown to be effective in treating pain and promoting healing.

Is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) the same as Radial Pressure Wave Therapy?

No, there are different types of shock wave therapy. Extracorporeal Shock wave Therapy uses focused shock waves, while radial pressure wave therapy uses radial or ballistic waves.

What conditions can be treated with Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy?

ESWT is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as calcific and non-calcific tendinopathy, medial tibial stress syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tennis elbow. It has also shown promising results in treating erectile dysfunction and kidney stones.