Radial Shockwave Therapy
Dr. Keith Tse, DC, Leanna Taggio, PT & Marquise Swaby, PT Resident
We are excited to be one of the few providers of the Swiss Dolorclast Smart20 Radial Shockwave Therapy device to the Richmond Hill, Oak Ridges, Aurora and King City community!
It has been found that shockwave therapy is very effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own leading to chronic pain and dysfunction.
This technology and treatment method is especially helpful for those suffering from chronic tendon injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, patellar tendinitis, rotator cuff/shoulder tendinitis, golfer’s/tennis elbow and trochanteric bursitis.
With these chronic conditions, radial shockwave therapy has been shown in scientific research studies to be 75-85% effective using the Swiss Dolorclast device in just 3-6 treatments!
Check out the demonstration video below to see what happens during a Shockwave Therapy session:
Conditions Treated with Radial Shockwave Therapy
Tennis & Golfer's elbow
Rotator cuff tendinitis
Medial tibial stress syndrome
How does Radial Shockwave Therapy Work?
An air compressor powers a special handpiece that propels a very small projectile to strike inside the applicator.
This impact creates kinetic energy, which is converted into a shockwave and is then delivered to the target tissue through the skin. These shockwaves also spread radially for broad treatment areas.
It has been clinically proven that the shockwaves speed up healing process in the body by stimulating cellular metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate and repair damaged tissue.
I've tried Shockwave before...Do all Shockwave devices work the same?
Essentially all Shockwave devices attempt to create the radial
pressure waves described above. However, some devices do it better than others.
What does better mean? A standard shockwave protocol involves applying 2000 impulses to the injured area. If the device is unable to sustain a consistent energy output during all 2000 impulses, you are not getting the maximum benefit out of each treatment session.
So instead of seeing improvement in your condition after only 4-6 treatments, you end up doing in excess of 10 treatments hopefully with a successful outcome but in some cases, possibly no change in your pain.
A large, external gas compressor like the one used by the Swiss DolorClast is able to to produce a more consistent output compared to other devices that use a small internal pump. Better output = better clinical results.
The developers of the EMS Swiss Dolorclast have made it clear to clinicians that if no discernible improvement has been observed after 4-6 treatments, then the patient may be a non-responder and other treatment alternatives should be considered instead. There is no benefit to continuing treatment.
If you are a chronic tendonitis sufferer, you might want to give this a ‘shot’.