Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses acoustic shock waves to reduce pain and promote healing in soft tissue. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of plantar fasciopathy, and is often used to treat chronic tendinopathy, which is characterized by localized pain and pathological changes in a tendon. It can also be used to treat erectile dysfunction. The immediate recovery time after shockwave therapy is usually 24 to 72 hours, during which time you should refrain from using non-inflammatory medications and strenuous exercise.
Depending on the severity of the injury and the reason for treatment, some people may feel relief after one or two treatments. However, it usually takes about 16 weeks after treatment to experience the full benefits of shockwave therapy. During treatment, tissue hyperstimulation can create a temporary anesthetic effect that makes you feel good immediately after the session. This anesthesia-like sensation can last for hours or days for some people.
Shockwave therapy works by dissolving fibrous scar tissue and stimulating the body's healing process to improve pain and help you stay active. It also helps to improve collagen synthesis, release growth factors, and increase blood flow to promote new healthy tissue and cell regeneration. The amount of time it takes for shockwave therapy to work depends on several factors such as age, medical history, and the severity of erectile dysfunction (ED). While shockwave therapy may be a viable option for men who haven't gotten the results they wanted with other types of treatments for ED, it is important to note that it is not yet approved for this purpose and further studies are needed to understand its full potential effectiveness.