Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (EST) involves the delivery of shock waves to soft tissues to promote healing. One of its earliest uses was to assist in kidney stone removal, but today, it is being used in orthopedic clinics and men’s health clinics across the country.
In orthopedic clinics, EST is a complementary therapy that boosts the healing of injured tissue. In men’s health clinics across the United States, it is used to boost circulation and promote vascular regeneration in patients with erectile dysfunction (ED). It is typically offered to patients who do not respond to medication and prefer non-invasive treatment.
If you are struggling with ED symptoms, you may want to consider extracorporeal shockwave therapy as part of your comprehensive treatment for the condition.
Let’s talk about how this modality works to improve ED symptoms.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
The type of EST used to treat ED involves low intensity (LI) shockwaves, or (LI-ESWT). High-intensity shockwaves may cause discomfort and are used in kidney stone treatment. However, for ED, low-intensity shock waves, which are more comfortable for patients, are enough to produce great results.
For the treatment, the doctor uses a small wand-like device that produces sound waves that target and are focused on the penile tissue. The low-intensity sound waves induce cellular microtrauma, and as a response to this, the body produces a series of biological responses and starts the process of healing. One of the unique benefits of LI-ESWT is its angiogenic properties, which stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in a process called neovascularization. As new blood vessels are formed, there is a boost in blood circulation, which is very important in achieving and sustaining erections. With the boost in blood flow, patients can experience an improvement in ED symptoms.
If you are concerned about whether data supports the use of LI-ESWT to treat ED, several clinical studies have been conducted that show positive results. In one study, 20 male subjects with ED received LI-ESWT twice a week for three weeks and then another three weeks of treatment after a no-treatment period. Fifteen out of the 20 subjects saw an improvement in their ED symptoms after a month. Erectile function and penile blood flow were also assessed and were found to have improved with LI-ESWT treatment. The effects were still present even after six months when a follow-up check was conducted.
LI-ESWT can help restore the erectile mechanism that is needed to have natural and spontaneous erections. If you are interested in this treatment, make sure to choose a licensed medical professional trained in administering this specific treatment to get the best results.
Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy in Edmonds, Washington
Affirm Clinic uses focused linear shockwave therapy to treat patients with erectile dysfunction. Each session is virtually painless and is over in 30 minutes or less. We are expert professionals that are dedicated to restoring your virility and sexual health.
To find out more about low-intensity shockwave therapy or to schedule a private consultation, call us today at (206) 231-6000 or use our online appointment request form. We look forward to helping you reap the benefits of this noninvasive and technologically advanced treatment.