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Radial Shockwave Therapy Has a Big Impact on Patient Outcomes and a Clinic's Success

Radial Shockwave Therapy Has a Big Impact on Patient Outcomes and a Clinic's Success

Posted by Sofia Ianni-Palarchio BSc.PT on 2018 Apr 11th

What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?

In recent years, Radial Shockwave Therapy has become one of the most talked about modalities in healthcare due to its beneficial results. Clinicians and patients are now aware of this therapy and the clinical benefits it provides, and are actively looking for organizations that provide it. Despite its warranted popularity, many people still ask: “What is Radial Shockwave Therapy”?

Therapeutic Radial Shockwaves are controlled pressure waves produced when a ballistic projectile is accelerated and then decelerated against a stop plate inside a specially designed handpiece.

The primary effect of shockwaves is a direct mechanical force that occurs at a cellular level as the waves’ energy passes through the tissue resulting in a reduction of pain, improved blood flow, and tissue healing. This biological reaction within the cells stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Radial shockwaves release substances that trigger pain-inhibiting and stimulating reactions in the body, including the inhibition of the COX II enzyme and the release of free radicals activating the body’s cellular defense mechanism.


Having considered what Radial Shockwave Therapy is and the physiological dynamics produced by this emergent treatment modality, it can be used to effectively treat a myriad of conditions such as:

  • MyoFascial Trigger Points
  • Calcific Tendonitis of the shoulder/impingement
  • Radial and ulnar epicondylitis
  • Plantar fasciitis/heel spurs
  • Deep Back Pain/Lumbago
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Achillodynia


The above listed conditions have been treated for many years using other methods, but there are clear benefits to doing so today by leveraging Radial Shockwave Therapy. One of the first benefits to recognize is time. This treatment can take as little as five minutes to carry out. Additionally, patients report immediate results, including the reduction of pain, relaxation of muscle tissue, and improved mobility. Faster health turnaround for patients increases patient satisfaction and can drive future referrals for clinics. Clinicians can also benefit from the use of Radial Shockwave Therapy. The ease of use and reduction in physical exertion and stress on the therapist’s body increases the long-term wellness of practitioners.


To ensure that both clinicians and patients realize the benefits, it’s important that best-in-class Radial Shockwave Therapy equipment is selected. The Zimmer enPuls units both provide key features and functionality. These include:

  • Ease of operations leveraging a colour touchscreen
  • Direct access to treatment parameters, including a list of indications with guidelines
  • Preset therapy protocols and pictures of treatment areas
  • Industry maximum mj (bars) and frequencies
  • Patented soft shot technology for patient comfort
  • Heavier, ergonomic hand piece for additional clinician comfort
  • Low maintenance with a 2 Million Shot Warranty

There are two models available. The enPuls 2.0 is very portable and includes a carrying case. The enPuls PRO has two hand pieces and a clinical cart.