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What is radial shockwave therapy?

Radial Shockwave Therapy is an FDA-approved technique that has been shown to speed up cellular recovery. It’s a cutting-edge, non-invasive, and extremely successful therapy that boosts blood flow and speeds up the healing process. Shockwave therapy is a multidisciplinary treatment that has applications in orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology, and veterinary medicine. Its major advantages are quick pain alleviation and increased movement. It’s a wonderful therapy for speeding up recovery and curing many indications producing acute or chronic pain because it’s a non-surgical therapy that doesn’t require opioids.

ESWT, or Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, has been around for a while. The term “extracorporeal” refers to something that is located or occurs outside of the body. It isn’t a description of the sort of shockwave that was generated. It simply implies that an external shockwave is generated.

What is a Shockwave?

Shockwaves are brief, powerful pressure waves that move faster than sound. Shockwaves vary from other types of energy waves (electromagnetic, acoustic, optical, and so on) in that they induce tissue deformation as they travel through it. The tissue that the shockwaves pass through is compressed due to a sudden increase in pressure. This is followed by a tensile phase in which the tissue is under negative pressure.

Shockwaves hit us all the time. Consider the sensation you receive in your chest when you see an explosion, a large lightning strike, or a plane breaking the sound barrier.  Shockwaves constantly hit us. Consider how an explosion, a strong lightning strike, or a jet breaching the sound barrier makes you feel in your chest.

Radial Shockwave Therapy has three phases of energy delivery:

Ultrasonic Pulses | Sonic Pulses | Slow Shear Waves

Using compressed air, the projectile is accelerated to a high speed which decelerates when it’s held to the area being treated. This kinetic energy is then transmitted to the tissue and pushed outwards as a ‘radial wave’ across the affected area.

The point of ‘impact’ constitutes the highest pressure and highest energy density which eventually loses power the deeper they enter the body. For patients with more superficial, surface-level issues, radial shock wave therapy can give good results.

focused vs. radial shockwave therapy

The type of therapy we offer is determined on your condition and tolerance. In certain situations, a patient may benefit from both types of therapy to ensure that their problem is effectively addressed. Radial shock wave therapy usually takes longer than concentrated shock wave therapy. RSWT normally takes 3 to 5 sessions, but FSWT often requires fewer. Obviously, this is dependent on the circumstances of the individual, but FSWT is often required less than RSWT.

We are able to provide both radial and focused shock wave therapy with the Storz shock wave equipment at PrimeWave Health’s shockwave therapy treatment center in Las Vegas.

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  • New Blood Vessel Formation
  • Reversal of Chronic Inflammation
  • Stimulation of Collagen Production
  • Dissolution of Calcified Fibroblasts
  • Dispersion of Pain Mediator
  • “Substance P”
  • Release of Trigger Points


Shock wave treatment uses low-energy acoustic waves to penetrate the skin and treat the local region. It is administered directly onto the afflicted area via a ‘generator’ or device.

A shockwave’s physical energy induces mechanical deformation of cells in the treated tissue, resulting in a metabolic reaction. This is known as mechanotransduction. A therapist applies most treatments with a hand-held device that converts compressed air into low-energy sound waves. The gadget is moved across the injured regions that need to be treated with little pressure.

Radial Shockwave Therapy Three Step Process

Shockwave therapy is a painless procedure. The application is basic and straightforward.

Start treatment in three steps:

  1. Find Treatment Location:
    Palpation is used to pinpoint the treatment region so that the therapy may be delivered properly.
  2. Apply Gel: A sufficient amount of gel is applied to the treatment position. Gel is required for effective and smooth transmission of acoustic waves.
  3. Start Therapy: The start button is pressed while the Shockwave applicator is softly held against the region to be treated.

To begin, the shock waves ‘desensitize’ nerve endings, which might lower discomfort in the immediate location.

Second, the waves increase blood flow in the region, resulting in some localized irritation.

The body’s natural response to therapy is to try to cure the inflammation, which increases cell regeneration, repairs damaged tissue, and reduces pain. Shock wave treatment can also help with scar tissue problems. Because scar tissue is heavier and less elastic than normal tissue, sound waves can help break it down, enhancing mobility and lowering pain.

Similarly, the waves can be utilized to break down any build-up or ‘disorganized’ tissue. While these sound waves are radial, they should not be confused with the two forms of shock wave treatment that are often used: radial and concentrated.

Is Shock Wave Therapy Painful?

Shockwave therapy is a painless treatment. Radial treatment is mainly only utilized to treat chronic diseases because to its vibrating nature and the fact that it is provided over a bigger area. Focused therapy, on the other hand, can be employed in more acute circumstances where the patient is experiencing greater pain because it is usually less painful.

What are the differences between radial wave and focused shockwave therapy?

RSWT works on a pneumatic concept, determining the wave shape with compressed air and transmitters. FSWT operates on an electroacoustic basis, employing electromagnetism and coupling pads to generate deeper, more focused, and more customizable waves.

When was shockwave therapy discovered?

The interactions between shockwaves and biological tissues have been studied since 1968. In 1971 researchers used shockwaves to disintegrate kidney stones. Today it is known as Shockwave lithotripsy and is the first choice for treating kidney and ureteral stones (ISMST). In the 1980s, the interaction of shockwaves on bone was studied so that researchers could determine if the hips were at risk when performing lithotripsy on kidney stones. No negative effects were noted in intact bones. They found that shockwaves could increase bone production and was later used to treat non-union fractures. In the 1990s the first reports on orthopaedic conditions such as calcific tendinopathy, heel spurs and epicondylitis were published. You can read more about the history of shockwave therapy by following the link below to the International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment website. (Source: https://www.shockwavetherapy.org/about-eswt/shockwave-history)

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