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WHAT ARE RADIAL EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCKWAVES?

Radial extracorporeal shockwaves (rSWT) are acoustic waves that transport a large amount of energy to the fibrous or musculoskeletal origin of the patient's pain. Radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment indicated conservative treatments (NSAIDs, injections, physical therapy, orthotics...) have failed, with pain remaining for over 3-6 months.

WHAT ARE ITS MEDICAL EFFECTS?

Radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy produces:

  • An analgesic, anti-inflammatory effect Fragmentation of calcium deposits Increased collagen production Improved metabolism and micro-circulation.
  • Decreased muscle tension.

 

MOST COMMON INDICATIONS.

  • Painful shoulder (calcification, tendinitis, impingement syndrome).
  • Plantar fasciitis (with or without heel spur).
  • Epitrocleitis and epicondylitis of the elbow (tennis elbow).
  • Achilles tendinitis.
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (runner's knee) Trocanteritis.
  • Osteoarthritis of the hands.
  • Treatment of myofascial pain.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS

This treatment should not be used on patients with:

  • Pregnancy, tumours, pacemakers, coagulation disorders, neurological or vascular disease, acute inflammation, cortisone treatments in the previous six weeks, etc.

 

MOST COMMON INDICATIONS

Each case will be supervised by a doctor to establish how many sessions will be necessary and the frequency to be used, but as a general rule they tend to be:

  • Frequency of treatment: 5-10 days
  • Number of sessions: 3-5 sessions
  • Price per session: €150
  • Service not d in Sanitas policy.

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