Radial Pressure Wave (RPW) Therapy

How does this therapy work?


Radial Pressure Wave Therapy, also known as RPW Therapy, uses acoustic waves that generate oscillations in the tissue which carry high energy to painful spots. RPW treats conditions that are subacute, subchronic, and chronic. The energy promotes regeneration and reparative processes of the bones, tendons, and other soft tissues. The wave hits the body at the skin’s surface and travels radially into the body to a depth of around 2”. The pressure waves stimulate metabolic activity and the body’s intrinsic healing mechanism causing accelerated tissue repair, cell growth, analgesia, and mobility restoration. RPW therapy is a non-invasive solution for (but not limited to):

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Achilles Tendonopathy

  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

  • Lateral Epicondylosis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Medial Epicondylosis (Golfer’s Elbow)

  • Calcific Tendonitis (supraspinatus tendon, etc.)

  • Patellar Tendinosis (Jumper’s Knee)

  • Chronic Stress/Non-union Fractures

  • Bone inflammation associated with arthritis

  • Acute muscle strains/tears


Radial Pressure Wave (RPW) Therapy

What does treatment involve?


Treatment consists of using a handheld applicator that is placed over a region of pain with mild to moderate pressure. The device delivers a series of short vibrations at the end of the applicator into the region of treatment. The intensity should feel like a 6/10 on the pain scale. This pain typically only lasts 10 seconds while the body acclimates. The treatment time is typically 1-2 minutes and is performed once every 4-7 days. Many patients at Valley Spinal Care experience 50% relief after their first session and typically see maximum improvements within the first 4-6. Radial Pressure Waves (RPW) is a non-invasive soft tissue treatment with very few negative side effects, for indications that are normally very difficult to treat. VSC recommends the RPW treatment method as an incredible option that reduces pain as well as improves function and quality of life.