What is Radial Shockwave Therapy

What is ShockWave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy (SWT) is an innovative, safe, and effective method to treat musculoskeletal pathologies.

The term “Shockwave therapy” refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave within the human body.

The Swiss DolorCast machine creates these shockwaves/pressure pulses by producing acoustic wave energy which is delivered via the hand held gun to the body region experiencing pain.

How does it work?

SWT stimulates a healing reaction via causing microscopic interstitial and extracellular biological effects, ultimately resulting in tissue regeneration.  When shockwaves are applied to a region, where pain is present, there are broad insights into the molecular aspects of analgesic effects, improved circulation, and tissue repair.

Approved indication for ESWT

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Patella tip syndrome
  • Os-good schlatter disease
  • Stress fractures and delayed healing fractures

Also indicated for:

  • Trigger point therapy
  • Delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Deep tissue massage for improved recovery post competition
  • Muscle spasticity (eg, cerebral palsy)
  • Osteoarthritis

What do the studies show?

  • Relieves pain in more than 80% of patients after just 3-4 treatments.

Who is not suitable ?

  • Pregnant women
  • Local tumours/cancers
  • Local cortisone injection (within 3months)
  • Blood disorders or taking blood-thinners
  • Patients under 18 (except for muscle spasticity or os-good schlatters)
  • Pre ruptured tendon (directly on site)

Are all shockwave machines are the same!

NO ! . We use the Swiss DolorCast Method because it offers:

  • The latest technological advances in ESWT
  • Treatment efficacy validated by randomized controlled trials (RCT)
  • Education done by experts for experts
  • WINS AWARDS in medical research !
  • Successfully used in athletes during Olympic games

If you are interested to know more about it, don’t hesitate to contact us on 9525 8446.

Dr Vanessa Hadchiti (Podiatrist)


Written by Karl Lockett