Focused vs. Radial Shockwave Therapy: What’s the difference?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment of various pains and musculoskeletal diseases. There are two common types of ESWT: Radial ESWT and Focused ESWT. Many people are confused about the differences between them. This article is to help you better understand these two kinds of ESWT treatments, know their differences, and choose the right equipment for your practice.


What’s radial shockwave therapy?

Radial shock waves have lower tissue penetration with less impact. An air compressor generates these radial shockwaves ballistically. The radial shock waves reach the highest intensity and energy density at the tip of the applicator on the surface of the skin. Therefore, it is better for larger treatment areas of superficial indications such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, or the Achilles tendon.

One of the important benefits of radial shockwave therapy is that it promotes myofascial release, which is key to eliminating pain.


What’s focused shockwave therapy?

Focused shockwave therapy has high tissue penetration and impact force. Electrohydraulic, electromagnetic, or piezoelectric methods produce these focal shock waves. It penetrates deeper into the tissues to target one specific area, such as tissue close to the bone, calcifications, and non-unions. It is better for treating issues that affect tissues deeper within the body and relieving acute pain.


Which type of shockwave therapy should I choose?

Both focused and radial shockwave therapies have effects on pain, muscle function, and inflammation. And two are equally efficient in gradually relieving the pain and the function of the extremity. Both have great benefits, but you may benefit more from one over the other based on the specific condition.


  • For superficial indications, radial shockwave therapy will be the best.
  • For acute pain or problems deeper in the tissues, choose focused shockwave therapy.


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We have developed five kinds of radial shockwave therapy devices to suit different requirements. High-quality components are selected to ensure stable performance and durability. If you are looking for reliable shockwave therapy products to improve your service and grow your business, contact us now with any questions.

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