What is Shockwave Therapy?

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Known clinically as low intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy, this noninvasive treatment modality has been around for a few decades and is used for a variety of conditions. Its original use was in breaking up kidney stones through intense ultrasound frequencies, but it has since been used as an effective treatment for healing broken bones as well as damaged or inflamed ligaments and tendons.

 This therapeutic approach is known for wound healing due to its ability to speed up tissue repair and encourage cell growth.

It’s been only in the last decade or so that shockwave therapy as treatment for erectile dysfunction.

 Shockwave therapy pulses trigger an improvement in blood flow as well as a remodeling of penile and vaginal tissues.

 The intent is to stimulate healing sufficient for the patient to achieve an erection firm enough for sex.

Shockwave Therapy and Erectile Dysfunction

Treats the symptoms of vasculogenic erectile dysfunction. 

This is the most common type of erectile dysfunction and occurs as the result of a blood vessel issues or dysfunctions.

Because erections rely heavily on the blood flow to the penile tissues, any issues involving the circulatory or cardiovascular system can severely impact the ability to achieve an erection.

Shockwave therapy is intended to help by strengthening or repairing damaged blood vessels in the penis as well as breaking up plaque buildup that might be slowing or preventing proper blood flow.

 By increasing the flow of blood to the penis, erections should be easier to achieve and maintain.

This is similar to popular pharmacological treatments for erectile dysfunction like Viagra® and Cialis®, both of which are PDE5 inhibitors that work to improve erections through increased blood flow. 

In fact, using shockwave therapy in addition to these medications has been shown to improve their overall effectiveness.

While shockwave therapy may boost the effectiveness of PDE5 inhibitors, its typically recommended as an alternative to these medications.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?

While the technology behind shockwave therapy is complex, the procedure itself is fairly simple.

A healthcare professional applies a device resembling a large wand near and around the penis and pelvic area. 

The entire procedure usually takes 10 to 20 minutes as the wand emits gentle low-frequency pulses at a set frequency.

Shockwave therapy typically requires six sessions over the course of 3 weeks for noticeable results and has been found to have a 60% efficacy rate when treating vasculogenic erectile dysfunction. 

Results should be experienced within the first three months of treatment but may appear as early as the first few weeks.

The effects of this therapy can last up to two years.