If you’re suffering from a painful injury, whether you’ve had it for days or years, then Radial Pressure Wave treatment is for you. This is often referred to as shockwave. It is clinically proven and works to:
It does this by generating acoustic pressure waves into the specific (injured) area of the body via a handpiece, where it begins to take effect. For the technical description of how RPW produces these effects, as well as the studies, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
While RPW treatment is often described as the superior solution for sporting injuries, it’s also fantastic for overuse injuries that can occur from repetitive daily activities. Examples include:
We love RPW because it means:
The first step is to get assessed and diagnosed by one of our experienced Podiatrists here at Masterton Foot Clinic. Based on your history and symptoms, we’ll be able to determine whether RPW is likely to help your injury and if so, we’ll get you started!
Additionally, we’ll often strap the foot after each shockwave therapy session to maximise the healing and repair benefits.
Some patients experience mild tenderness with the shockwave, while others experience no pain at all. When discomfort or tenderness is felt, it is usually associated with the level of damage or injury already present.
Don’t worry – because we’re able to control the settings and intensity of the pulses, we can adjust accordingly if we need to.
While the majority of patients that come in and see us can have shockwave treatment without any issues, we cannot administer it if you are pregnant or have:
Don’t worry – we’ll chat through your options if you have any of the above during your consultation. If you can’t have Shockwave, you may be eligible to have low-level laser treatment.
Technically speaking, compressed air drives a projectile inside the handpiece of the Chattanooga RPW Shockwave machine to a shock transmitter. Due to the speed and weight of the projectile, kinetic energy is generated which is converts into acoustic energy. These are the pulses that are felt and transmitted into the area being treated beneath the handpiece. The acoustic waves reach 5-6cm in depth and stimulate the body’s intrinsic healing mechanism and metabolic activity.
Shockwave has proven its effectiveness over many clinical studies, including randomised controlled trials (RCT). You can see a summary of the clinical studies here.
We’d love to help you find all of the answers you need. You can give us a call on 0800 869 526 or book online here.