Radial shockwave therapy is most effective for conditions that affect the tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures. Some of the conditions that radial shockwave therapy is most effective for include:
• Tendinitis: Tendinitis, now more commonly referred to as tendonopthy, is a common condition that causes inflammation and pain in the tendons that connect muscles to bones. Radial shockwave therapy can help to reduce inflammation and resolve dysfunctional tissue growth in the tendons. It can be effective for treating tendinitis of the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, hamstring and Achilles.
• Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Radial shockwave therapy can help to reduce inflammation and sensitivity of the plantar fascia.
• Calcific tendinitis: Calcific tendinitis is a condition that causes calcium deposits to form in the tendons, leading to pain and stiffness. Radial shockwave therapy can help to break up the calcium deposits and reduce pain and stiffness in the affected area.
• Tennis elbow: Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the elbow, often as a result of repetitive stress or overuse. Radial shockwave therapy can help to reduce pain and improve function in the elbow, and may be an effective treatment for tennis elbow.
In addition to these conditions, radial shockwave therapy may also be effective for other chronic pain conditions that affect the tendons, joints, and other soft tissue structures, for example, chronic back pain, tibialis anterior syndrome, and shoulder impingement syndrome. It is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks of radial shockwave therapy with your osteopath or other healthcare provider before starting treatment.