Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSW)

Shockwave therapy, also known as Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSW), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and reduce pain in various conditions, including tendonitis. It has been used as a treatment option for chronic tendonitis, also known as tendinopathy. Here’s how shockwave therapy can help with tendonitis:

  1. Stimulating Healing:

    Shockwave therapy delivers high-intensity sound waves to the affected area. These sound waves create microtrauma within the damaged tendon tissue, which triggers a healing response. The body’s natural healing processes are then activated, leading to increased blood circulation, cellular activity, and the release of growth factors that promote tissue repair.

  2. Pain Reduction:

    Tendonitis is often associated with pain due to inflammation, micro-tears, and degenerative changes in the tendon. Shockwave therapy can help reduce pain by breaking down scar tissue, decreasing inflammation, and desensitizing nerve endings in the affected area.

  3. Increased Blood Flow:

    The sound waves delivered during shockwave therapy stimulate blood flow to the targeted area. Improved circulation helps deliver oxygen, nutrients, and immune cells to the damaged tendon, facilitating the healing process.

  4. Collagen Production:

    Tendons are primarily composed of collagen fibers. Shockwave therapy has been shown to stimulate the production of new collagen fibers, which can help improve the strength and flexibility of the tendon tissue.

  5. Removal of Calcifications:

    In some cases of tendonitis, calcifications (calcium deposits) can form within the tendon, causing pain and limiting mobility. Shockwave therapy can break down these calcifications, allowing the body to reabsorb them over time.

  6. Non-Invasive Approach:

    Shockwave therapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment option. This means that it doesn’t require incisions or anesthesia, which can be appealing for individuals who want to avoid more invasive interventions.

  7. Faster Recovery:

    Compared to surgical interventions, shockwave therapy often has a shorter recovery period. Patients might experience mild discomfort or soreness after treatment, but downtime is generally minimal.

  8. Adjunct to Other Treatments:

    Shockwave therapy is often used in conjunction with other conservative treatments, such as physical therapy exercises, stretching, and anti-inflammatory medications. This multidisciplinary approach can provide comprehensive care for tendonitis.

It’s important to note that while shockwave therapy can be effective for some individuals with tendonitis, it may not be suitable for everyone or for all types of tendonitis. A thorough assessment by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist or orthopedic specialist, is necessary to determine whether shockwave therapy is an appropriate treatment option based on the individual’s condition and medical history.

The number of sessions required can vary based on the severity of the condition. Typically, a series of sessions spread over several weeks may be recommended to achieve optimal results. As with any medical intervention, discussing the potential benefits, risks, and expectations with a healthcare provider is essential before undergoing shockwave therapy for tendonitis.