The Rehabilitation Institute of the Caribbean is pleased to introduce Radial Pulse Activation Therapy, more commonly known as, Shockwave therapy to its suite of modern, medical treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and painful conditions.
Our multidisciplinary centre currently houses Mettler Electronics’ latest Radial Pulse Activation Therapy machine, the Auto Wave 695 used to relieve pain and increase local circulation for orthopaedic injuries that affect tendons and ligaments.
This relatively new, non-invasive therapy device, which was on display recently at the Caribbean Medical Devices Exhibition at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston, uses a compressed air ballistic pulse energy generator that transfers pulse energy to the transmitter in the hand piece.
Shock wave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to painful spots and area of tissues with long standing chronic injured. The energy helps with healing by regenerating and repairing bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shock wave stimulates new blood vessel formation called neovascularization, into injured tissue as well as the release of growth factors and other active substances that promote healing. This occurs in the tendon, bone and tendon-bone interface.
Shock wave works by producing kinetic energy that is converted into pulse energy when the bullet strikes the surface of the transmitter. The acoustic pulse energy is transformed into impact energy from the contact area into the therapeutic target tissue radially. The high energy acoustic waves trigger the body’s healing response, reduce pain and help increase circulation.
Shock wave therapy was first introduced to orthopaedic medicine in the early 1980s and has since grown in popularity among clinicians who have used this modality to treat common, orthopaedic conditions including Plantar Fasciitis, muscle strain- hamstring, groin pain, Lateral Epicondylitis (elbow pain), Morton’s Neuroma (foot pain).