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Last Updated: 07 Oct 2020

Focused Shockwave Therapy

Focused Shockwave Therapy (FSWT) directs a concentrated beam into the body. It is capable of deeper, more precise treatment than previous iterations of shockwave technology.

Focused shockwave is generated via an electromagnetic coil, producing a shockwave which has the most intense part of its beam inside the body, with a small surface area. This means that a consistent high energy can be targeted at the specific part of the body that needs the treatment.

As it is specialized technology, focused shockwave therapy tends to be more costly than radial shockwave therapy. However, for certain conditions, focused shockwave is more efficient and effective. For example, studies have shown that on average, patients with heel pain needed less sessions with focused shockwave treatment as compared to radial shockwave.

The combination of radial shockwave and focused shockwave therapy has also been highly effective on conditions which require treatment of tendinopathies and muscular chains.

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