• P. P. Physiotherapy center Larnaca

  • Prodromina Petrou

  • During Shockwave therapy, a high-intensity sound wave interacts with the tissues of the body. This leads to a cascade of beneficial effects such as neovascularisation ingrowth, reversal of chronic inflammation, stimulation of collagen and dissolution of calcium build-up. Stimulation of these biological mechanisms creates an optimal healing environment. As the injured area is returned to normal, functionality is restored and pain is relieved. "The results far exceeded our expectations. This proven technology is fast and easy to perform and brings patients a unique option to avoid surgery." Jiri Nedelka, M.D.

  • Radial Shockwave Therapy has been scientifically proven to help relieve chronic pain associated with heel spurs, tennis/golfer's elbow, achilles tendonitis, frozen shoulder and many other conditions that cause chronic pain.

    Some more information:Radial Shockwave Therapy is the application of a high-energy acoustic pulse transmitted into the tissue of the affected area of the body. Each Radial Shockwave treatment works to increase the metabolic activity around the site of pain or discomfort, stimulating the reabsorption of irritative calcium deposits in tendons and stimulate the body's natural healing process, thus reducing pain. Radial Shockwave Therapy typically requires three treatments one week apart for optimal results. Treatment is carried out by passing over the injured area with the shockwave applicator. Guided by your feedback, the exact positioning of the shockwave applicator is determined for optimum results. The treatments last approximately five minutes and may be slightly uncomfortable, but are well tolerated by everyone. Most patients feel significant results/changes after only the first treatment. Radial Shockwave Therapy is an excellent alternative for people with chonic pain who have exhausted all other treatment avenues (e.g. Physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, etc.), and is often used as a pre-surgery option. Radial Shockwave Therapy® works without the use of X-ray equipment or drugs. It stimulate the body's natural self-healing forces and therefore is well tolerated.

  • Radial Shock Wave Therapy Fact Sheet

    What does it treat?

    • Proven to be effective for chronic heel spurs, tennis elbow, achilles tendonitis, calcific shoulder tendonitis, frozen shoulder, patellar tendonitis.

    Does it hurt?

    • The treatments are uncomfortable but tolerated by everyone.

    Are there any side effects?

    • There may be irritation or swelling but it usually disappears within one week of treatment.

    How does it work?

    • It is a radial shock wave that is pneumatically generated and transmitted into the tissue. A shockwave is an acoustic pulse. (The physics>short rise time ..shock, high peak pressure, exponential decompression, and tension) • The body responds with increased metabolic activity around the site of pain. • Re-absorption of irritative calcium deposits in tendons • Shock waves locally alter the chemical environment • This stimulates the healing process, and reduces pain

    How fast does it work?

    • Most patients feel significant results after the first treatment. Some patients will not feel a difference until finishing their third treatment. The healing process is accumulative and therefore patients continue to have results weeks after ending their treatment. Because the cells are broken down, and are rebuilding (they actually are put back into the acute phase) the maximum relief is usually felt at the 12th week after their last treatment.

    Why use Radial Shock Wave Therapy?

    • Fast and effective

    • A great option instead of surgery, that has a long recovery time, more rehab, and lost work time, lost income, and reduced quality of life/lifestyle while they recover

    • Surgical success rates are much lower than the RSWT proven results

    • Eliminate the use of medication

    • Eliminate the use of cortisone, or repeated injections

    • Used when all other methods have failed

    • Athletes who want to return to their sport and suffer from chronic pain

    Has Radial Shock Wave been clinically proven?

    • Yes. Several studies have been performed and are available at http://ems-medicalamerica.com/pubs/dolorclastarticles.htm web site.

    • A multicentric, prospective, simple-blind, placebo-controlled study into the efficacy of ballistically generated shock waves in the therapy of tennis elbow and calcaneal heel spur concluded 88 percent of patients assessed their therapy as “very good” or “good after treatment. In a follow up survey 12 months after their last treatment, 95% of the tennis elbow, and 94% of the heel spur responded that they were still very satisfied with their results.