Extracorporeal Radial Shockwave


This therapy works without the use of x-rays or drugs; Stimulates the body’s natural self-healing processes. In fact, there is immediate pain relief and improved range of motion. Side effects are minor. Shock wave therapy can also eliminate the need for surgery.

Studies show that the results show an overall improvement rate in 77% of cases of chronic conditions that have not been treated with other treatments. It is important to emphasize that we expect positive clinical outcomes after treatment, but treatment may not improve your symptoms. At Macroom Massage Clinic, our goal is to solve problems primarily with physiotherapy and rehabilitation as the first line of treatment, with shock waves as a complement to this treatment. For best results, prescribed physiotherapy and rehabilitation treatment should be followed.

How Does It Works

1) The shockwave therapy creates an inflammatory response. The body responds by increasing metabolic activity around the pain site. This shockwave stimulates and accelerates the healing process.

2) The shock wave dissolves scar tissue and possibly calcifications as well.

3) Pain transmission is blocked

Extracorporeal radial shock wave therapy consists of a series of high-energy shocks to the affected area. The shock wave is a physical, not an electrical, “shock” wave.

How long does the treatment last: Between 1,000 and 3,000 shocks are managed per session, which lasts between 5 and 10 minutes. Our physical therapists administer your treatment based on best practices for individual conditions.

How many treatments will I need: Acute problems usually require three treatments at weekly intervals; For chronic diseases, 4 sessions are recommended. There is a small chance that additional treatments are needed if your condition is very chronic.

Shockwave Therapy

Indications to Treat Shockwave Therapy

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Lateral/medial elbow tendinopathy (tennis elbow/golfer’s elbow)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fascia
  • Heel spur
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Shoulder tendinopathy (calcific rotator cuff tendonitis)
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Achilles tendinopathy bursitis
  • Patellar tendon syndrome (jumper knee)
  • Anterior Tibia Syndrome
  • Stress Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Hamstring adductor tendon

Preparation For Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal radial shock wave therapy is a series of high-energy percussions on the affected area. The shock wave is a physical “shock” sound wave, not an electrical one. We offer three sessions of shockwave therapy one to two weeks apart. Each treatment lasts between five and ten minutes.

    • You should be sure to wear good supportive shoes and continue to follow your doctor’s instructions.


  • You should stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin 24 hours before your Shockwave Therapy treatment.
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Risk Factors of Shockwave Therapy

Complications do not usually occur with shock wave therapy. It’s a low risk, but not always successful.

It can lead to increased pain and tenderness, which usually improves with time.

Individuals with poor sensation (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity at the proposed treatment site should not undergo Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy is not allowed to pregnant women. 

If you have received a steroid injection in the same area within the last three months

If you have an infection, wound or tissue problem at the proposed treatment area the shockwave therapy is not allowed.

If you have poor sensitivity (neuropathy) or hypersensitivity in the target area, the shockwave therapy is not allowed.

You must consult the doctor if you: have a pacemaker.
If you are taking a blood thinning (blood-thinning) medicine, you are taking an anti-inflammatory medicine.

Shockwave Therapy After Treatment Care

You can go about your normal activities, but avoid painful physical exercise for two days (48 hours) after treatment.

The shock wave triggers an inflammatory response, which is the body’s natural healing process. For this reason, do not use anti-inflammatories. Do not use ice. The pain should disappear within 24 hours.

Do not ice the treated area and do not take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or diclofenac, as this will stop the inflammatory and healing processes initiated by the shock wave treatment.

You may experience immediate pain relief with treatment, but long-term effects are usually noticeable after three months. You will have a follow-up clinic appointment three months after your treatment.

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