Shockwave therapy is one of the fastest spreading MSK technologies in the world, and it isn’t exactly new either. Shockwave therapy has been used since the 1980s for procedures such as breaking down kidney stones, and its efficacy in treating conditions such as tendinopathies, joint pain, ED and more has been known for decades.
You may have had a patient or two ask whether your clinic provides shockwave therapy, and are beginning to research different brands, models, and shockwave types. It can seem pretty daunting, but we’re here to help!
The first thing to check is which type of shockwave type would best suit your needs. Shockwave therapy machines are either focused or radial. Radial shockwave machines perform on greater surface areas of application or larger regions of the body. They are typically more affordable and are usually a great starting point if you haven’t used a shockwave device before. Focused shockwave machines produce waves that are gathered (or focused) into deeper regions of the body, approximately 12.5cm. It is at this point that they reach their maximum energy. Focused shockwaves are used in the treatment of deep trigger points or areas.
For a more detailed comparison of radial vs. focused shockwave technologies, please see our article, Radial vs Focused Shockwave Therapy – What is the Difference?
This article covers which shockwave machines would work best for you depending on your clinic’s needs. The only models we will cover are Storz Medical shockwave machines. Storz Medical is the global market leader and innovator in shockwave technology, and their machines’ reliability, build quality and efficiency are unbeatable. Read more on What Makes Storz Medical Shockwave Machines the Best on the Market?