Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT)
This treatment is an excellent, non-surgical alternative to treat soft tissue muscle and tendon pain. Plantar Fasciitis (which can lead to Heel Spur Syndrome), Achilles Tendonitis, Myositis, and other tendon strains and injuries can be successfully treated with RSWT.
Radial Shock Wave Therapy / Radial Pulse Therapy provides low-intensity radial shock waves produced by the electromagnetic transfer of kinetic energy. This energy is then transformed into impact energy that is transmitted through the applicator head which is held against the skin on the foot and or ankle. These radial waves can penetrate down to 35 mm depth. The result of these radial shock waves or pulses is an increase of circulation into the targeted tissues thereby enabling the body to "heal itself." In addition, scar tissue or adhesions (that may be putting pressure on surrounding nerves causing pain) are broken up, also helping to relieve the pain.
RSWT is done in our office on an ambulatory basis. No local anesthesia is needed before treatment, so there are " No Needles or Injections!" A treatment will last 15 minutes and you will usually receive 4-7 treatments given twice weekly. During a treatment, you will receive 3200 shockwaves per site. There can be a light to moderate sensation of discomfort during the treatment that often times goes away after 1-2 minutes of treatment as the body releases it's own natural pain killers." Treatment areas closer to the bone (ie: heel spurs in the back of the heel bone near the Achilles tendon) can be more uncomfortable but can often be minimized by reducing pressure from the handpiece or reducing the intensity of the shockwave. Mild post-treatment discomfort is possible and can be controlled with acetaminophen (Tylenol) if needed. Other possible side effects can be bruising or swelling in the areas treated. Success rates can often be as high as 85%. There is " No need for down time" for most daily activities, however, certain strenuous athletic activities may be curtailed while the body heals itself.