HOW MANY TYPES OF SHOCK WAVES ARE THERE?
There are two types of shock waves:
Radial (or ballistic) shock wave
Focal (or focused) shockwave
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The radial shock waves, carried out by the physiotherapist, radiate over the entire treated surface. Focused shock waves are waves whose energy is concentrated (focused) on a point of the treated part.
Treatment with focal shock waves is a therapy defined as “manual”, that is, performed by a doctor with specific expertise in the field.
Basically, there are no “cons”
AFTER HOW LONG WILL THEY BENEFIT?
Like all “biological” treatments, which involve a response from the tissues, the result (especially for bone and, to a lesser extent, skin regeneration) is not immediate, but manifests itself over the months that follow the end of the treatment itself.
HOW DOES RADIAL SHOCK WAVE WORK?
The radial shock wave is generated using a special pistol-shaped handpiece. Inside the barrel, a steel bullet is launched by compressed air at 4-5 bar of pressure against a metal transducer placed as a cap of the gun.
The collision generates a shock wave which, through the metal cap, spreads radially into the tissue to be treated.
WHAT IS THE PHYSICAL PRINCIPLE BEHIND THE SHOCK WAVE?
Shock waves are, from the physical point of view, high-energy acoustic waves; they are characterized by a sudden increase in pressure (positive pressure peak) followed by a slower phase of return to atmospheric pressure (negative pressure):
this determines the onset of cavitation phenomena with the formation of micro bubbles.
Potentially, the latter can cause tissue damage to organs that contain air (lungs, viscera): in fact it is contraindicated to apply shock waves on targets of this type.