Shockwave Therapy FAQs
For those seeking more information regarding Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy (ESWT) or Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (Li-ESWT), we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions from potential and soon to be patients of shockwave therapy. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary information you need to confidently move forward with your medical needs, whether you feel that shockwave therapy is best for your health or not.
Q: Is shockwave therapy painful?
A: The intensity and overall duration of your shockwave treatment will affect the overall level of discomfort you experience during and after the treatment is over. GAINSWave for ED is a specialized form of shockwave therapy that only utilizes low intensity therapy in tandem with a numbing cream to prevent patient discomfort during and after the procedure.
Q: What should I expect after my shockwave treatment?
A: For patients receiving Li-ESWT, there should be no discomfort during and after the treatment and therefore no recovery period should be necessary. Most forms of shockwave for ED, like GAINSWave, are ALWAYS low intensity to avoid patient discomfort. There is no required recovery period immediately following the procedure. Men should be able to resume regular activities both out of and in the bedroom. Most patients report receiving an erection the day of the procedure.
Q: How successful is shockwave therapy?
A: Shockwave therapy has come a long way since its first recorded medical application in 1974. Patients are able to confidently choose SWT for its non-surgical solutions to serious medical conditions. Over 80% of medical shockwave therapies have been successful at treating the target condition. Other, more specific applications of shockwave therapy for ED have even been able to boast as high as 90% success rates (GAINSWave).
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The number of treatments required to treat your particular condition or ailments, will depend on the severity of your pain or condition. While most all patients will experience noticeable results from their first treatment, most cases require 3-5 treatments in order to experience the full benefits of shockwave therapy.
Q: Will I need to continue receiving treatments?
A: Shockwaves work to regenerate tissue and body functions. Thus, the results are often permanent. It is a cumulative procedure and therefore the results may take some time (up to 4 months) to fully manifest. If after the 4 month period has passed and you are not experiencing the desired results from your therapy, contact your doctor to figure out additional or alternative treatment options for your symptoms.
Understand that this information is meant to apply to a general audience and that your experiences with shockwave therapy may not reflect the information provided. It is best to meet with your local shockwave provider for a full consultation to see, based on your medical history, current condition and medical needs, whether shockwave therapy is the right solution for you.