Radial Shockwave Therapy

Revolutionizing Musculoskeletal Injury Recovery in Physical Therapy


Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) is an innovative and non-invasive treatment option in physical therapy, which has gained popularity for the management of various musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. By delivering high-energy acoustic waves to the affected areas, RSWT enhances the body's natural healing process, reduces pain, and restores functionality.

Key Points:

Mechanism of action:

  • High-energy acoustic waves are applied to the injured area
  • Stimulates the body's natural healing response
  • Increases blood flow and nutrient delivery
  • Breaks down scar tissue and calcifications

Applications in physical therapy:

  • Tendinopathies (e.g., Achilles, patellar, and rotator cuff)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis and golfer's elbow
  • Calcific tendinitis
  • Myofascial pain syndromes
  • Chronic muscle injuries

Advantages of RSWT:

  • Non-invasive and drug-free
  • Rapid pain relief
  • Improved mobility and function
  • Short treatment sessions (typically 15-30 minutes)
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Minimal side effects

Treatment process:

  • Initial assessment and diagnosis by a physical therapist
  • Treatment plan tailored to the patient's specific needs
  • RSWT sessions are typically spaced one week apart
  • 3-5 sessions are recommended for optimal results

Contraindications and precautions:

  • Not recommended for patients with blood clotting disorders or taking anticoagulants
  • Avoid use in areas with tumors, infections, or active inflammation
  • Caution is advised for patients with severe circulatory or nerve disorders
  • Avoid use during pregnancy


Radial Shockwave Therapy has emerged as a promising treatment option for various musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. It offers a non-invasive, drug-free alternative for pain relief and enhanced recovery, making it an ideal adjunct to traditional physical therapy modalities. As RSWT continues to gain traction in the field, more patients are expected to benefit from this cutting-edge technology.