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Focused shockwave therapy for physiotherapists

At the moment physiotherapists from Austria are only allowed to use radial shockwave therapy and I was wondering if somewhere around the world physiotherapists are allowed to use focused shockwave therapy as well. I would be very grateful, if you could give/send me some information about that or tell me who I could contact to get more information concerning this issue.

Theresa Fuchs

3 weeks ago

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Dinesh Verma
Dinesh Verma

Hi - As I know in many applications with Focused Shockwave - You may ideally need the guidance of Imaging Ultrasound and hence it becomes bottle-neck in some countries where imaging US is not allowed by regulatory authorities to be used by PTs.

Prof Tim Watson
Prof Tim Watson

Theresa. I have lectured on this topic in many countries round the world - and in some, as you say, therapists are only 'allowed' to use shockwave in a radial mode, whilst in others, they can use both focused and radial. In the UK for example, both are accessible to therapists. There was a claim - some years back - by Dr's, which essentially said that only Dr's should be allowed to use focused shockwave. I do not know on what basis the claim was made - somebody out there in the electrophysical community might know. There might be something in the professional regulations for different countries. Again, using the UK as an example, there is NOT a definitive list of modalities that can and can not be used - it would always be out of date with the advent of new treatment options. The professional body over here says that the therapist can use a device so long as they can demonstrate knowledge and competence in the normal way. Interested to hear from others who might have better insight. Tim

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