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What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy is FDA Approved!


Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy is the umbrella term used to describe devices that deliver a shockwave or pressure wave into the human body.

There are two types of devices, Focused Shockwave Therapy and Radial Pressure Wave Therapy devices (FSWT and R-PWT). The main difference between these devices are depth of penetration and intensity.



Focused Shockwave Therapy (FSWT)

Radial Pressure Wave Therapy (R-PWT)


Other terms like Softwave or Extracorporeal Pulse-Activated Therapy (EPAT) are marketing terms used to describe Shockwave Therapy. All you or your clinician need to know is if the device is a Focused or Radial device and if it is the right device for your condition.




Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy – cyriaxphysio

Link - ESWT


The type of condition you are treating will help the clinician pick the right device. Most orthopedic problems will be more effectively treated with Radial Pressure Wave Therapy.


Radial Pressure Wave Therapy has also been called Radial Shockwave Therapy, although this is not the correct term. Most conditions or problems are effectively treated with Radial Pressure Wave Therapy as it is a lower intensity and treats more shallow conditions less than 2 inches deep. There are less concerns with R-PWT, has no known side effects and is considered very safe.

Focused Shockwave Therapy = Higher Intensities and Deeper 

Radial Pressure Wave Therapy = Lower Intensities and Shallow