The Difference Between Radial and Focused Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy I emerging to be a popular treatment for a variety of medical conditions. Its most common uses are seen in sports medicine, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine and urology. 

The key benefits of shockwave therapy are rapid pain relief and restoration of mobility. What makes it a win-win is the fact that the therapy is non-surgical in nature, and does not require the use of pain killers. Along with other treatments, shockwave therapy can quicken recovery and cure various causes of severe or chronic pain.

Shockwave therapy, like other medical technologies, is constantly evolving. Today, two types of shockwave therapies are available for clinicians to use for their patients – Radial Shockwave Therapy and Focused Shockwave Therapy. Here is all you need to know about it so that you can make the best choice for your patients. 

Radial Shockwave Therapy Focused Shockwave Therapy
Treats and spreads over larger area Delivers energy to the precise and targeted area
Low energy density High energy density
Treatment depth is superficial, up to 3 to 4 cm Treatment depth is deep, up to 12 cm
Impulse is slow Impulse is fast
Waves are generated using pneumatic system Waves are generated electromagnetically
Suitable for treatment tissues that are superficial such as Achilles’ tendon, plantar fasciitis  Suitable for treatments that require precise targeting at a tissue such as a tissue close to bone, calcifications or delayed unions and non-unions
Allows for local treatment and of broad superficial areas Recommended for targeted areas
The surface of the transmitter contains the highest energy which keeps lowering as the waves move closer to the treatment area The surface of the transmitter contains minimal energy that protects the skin and soft tissues


While both treatments are widely available, Radial Shockwave Therapy has been around for longer. On the other hand, Focused Shockwave Therapy is becoming the choice of clinicians due to its various benefits such as the ability to reach the target area more precisely, lack of damage to the skin and soft tissue, etc.  

Choose the best focused shockwave therapy machine for your practice 

If you’re a medical practitioner who uses focussed shockwave therapy, choose PiezoWave2 focused shockwave. It is the best available equipment for focused shockwave therapy in the U.K. Here are some of its benefits:

  • Only DIRECT focused system in the world
  • Linear focused shockwave – perfect bridge between radial and focused shockwave
  • 10x more durable, (guaranteed to 5 million pulses)
  • Lowest noise level
  • Precise and adjustable penetration depths between 0-100mm
  • Smallest, most accurate focal zone

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