What is shock wave therapy?
Shock wave therapy — also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) — is a noninvasive medical procedure that is used in many different medical disciplines, such as sports medicine, urology, physiotherapy, orthopedics, and more.
The procedure utilizes a device that sends low-intensity acoustic sound waves through the part of the body that needs treatment. The sound waves break down the cause of the problem and encourage the body’s natural healing abilities to ease pain and regenerate tissue.
Shock wave therapy has been used to treat the following conditions:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Peyonie’s disease
- Chronic tendinopathies
- Kidney stones
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Soft tissue pains
At PhysioMD Men’s Health, a men’s health clinic located in Estero, Florida, we use shock wave therapy to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and as a sex enhancement treatment.
How does shock wave therapy treat erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, occurs when men cannot keep an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. There are many potential causes of erectile dysfunction, such as:
- Being overweight or obese
- Clogged arteries
- Depression and anxiety
- Drug use and/or drug abuse
- Excessive alcohol use
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High levels of cholesterol
- Low testosterone (low T)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Pelvic injuries
- Peyronie’s disease (scar tissue build-up in the penis)
- Poor diet
- Prescription medication side effects (i.e., antidepressants, antihistamines, etc.)
- Prostate cancer and prostate cancer treatments or enlarged prostate
- Relationship problems
- Sleep disorders
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Spinal cord injuries
One of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction is plaque build-up in the penile arteries and blood vessels (aka clogged arteries). In order to achieve an erection, those arteries cannot have blockages, as blood flow is what causes erections.
Plaque build-up is one cause that cannot be successfully treated with oral ED medications and usually would require a high-risk and very invasive surgery that most medical professionals prefer to avoid doing.
Shock wave therapy eliminates plaque in these arteries with sound waves the device emits, clearing up any blockages. It also breaks down weaker blood vessels and arteries. When this happens, the body will begin to repair and regrow newer, stronger blood vessels and arteries, resulting in a better and longer-lasting erection.
A better, stronger erection can improve your sex life and potentially your relationship. It can restore your confidence, help you feel less stressed or anxious, and allow you to satisfy your partner even more. It can truly improve just about every aspect of your life.
That’s why shock wave therapy can be an effective sex enhancement treatment option as well as an effective erectile dysfunction treatment option.
Is shock wave therapy safe?
Shock wave therapy is one of the safest treatment options for erectile dysfunction available today. It is noninvasive, which means it does not involve any surgery. It also does not require anesthesia, drugs, or potentially addictive painkillers.
There are no harmful side effects, unlike the side effects you may find in oral erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis or Viagra, which can worsen pre-existing heart conditions, among other issues.
Plus, shock wave therapy can treat erectile dysfunction right at its most common root cause, which most other erectile dysfunction treatment options are unable to do.
How long does shock wave therapy take to work?
Erectile dysfunction is not something that can be fixed in a single session of shock wave therapy. It can take anywhere from 6 to 12 individual sessions of shock wave therapy treatments, though many of our patients report that they have experienced a difference in their sex life after the first or second treatment.
While the surgical treatment options for erectile dysfunction often require a great deal of recovery time, shock wave therapy does not. After each session, patients are able to go home or back to work without any downtime needed.
PhysioMD will work closely with you to find the optimal number of shock wave therapy sessions and schedule them out to ensure your sex life can go right back to where it should be.
Schedule an appointment to see if shock wave therapy is right for you
PhysioMD is proud to offer shock wave therapy, a safe and non-invasive procedure that treats the root cause of erectile dysfunction, to our patients in Estero, Florida, and its surrounding areas.To learn more about shock wave therapy and the treatments PhysioMD offers, contact us today or schedule a consultation.