What is Shockwave Therapy and How is it Performed?

Shockwave therapy is a relatively new, non-surgical, non-invasive modality used to treat erectile dysfunction. It is delivered with a rod-like device placed near different areas of the penis. The pulses activate better blood flow and remodeling of the tissues of the penis. The shock wave is an acoustic wave that carries high energy to pain points and myoskeletal tissues with subacute, subchronic and chronic conditions.

Energy promotes the processes of regeneration and repair of bones, tendons and other soft tissues. Shockwaves are characterized by sudden changes in pressure, high amplitude and non-periodicity. The kinetic energy of the projectile, created by the compressed air, is transferred to the transmitter at the end of the applicator and further into the tissue. Low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy (LI-ESWT) for erectile dysfunction works by applying low-intensity shockwaves to the penis.

A doctor uses a manual probe to administer them. A gel is used as an interface to conduct shock pulses. It is important to distinguish shock wave therapy from radio wave therapy, which is commonly advertised as a non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction available in both medical and non-medical facilities. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive treatment that involves passing high-frequency acoustic waves through the skin and into muscle, bone or tissue for a therapeutic effect.

Penile shockwave therapy remains experimental, as it is a relatively new therapy with no long-term data. However, it has been found to be effective in treating erectile dysfunction in some cases. It can be used as an alternative to medications or surgery for those who are not suitable candidates for these treatments. Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for those suffering from erectile dysfunction.

It can be used in combination with other treatments or as a stand-alone treatment. It is important to consult with your doctor before beginning any treatment for erectile dysfunction.