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What Is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy might sound a little scary, but it’s actually a safe, effective, noninvasive treatment used in many areas of medicine, including orthopedics, urology, and anti-aging medicine. Shockwave therapy uses focused waves of sound energy to promote natural healing responses inside the body. The waves are emitted by a special device, penetrating your skin without pain. 

At Simple Men’s Health in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Fabien Mathieu uses shockwave therapy to promote healing in men dealing with some types of chronic pain and patients with erectile dysfunction (ED) — two problems that sound different, but which frequently have similar underlying causes.

Shockwave therapy for chronic orthopedic pain

Shockwave therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating orthopedic pain, including pain in your tendons and other connective tissues. In fact, many professional sports teams use shockwave therapy to treat problems like rotator cuff injuries, elbow injuries, plantar fasciitis, and other injuries affecting the tendons and other connective tissues. 

For these injuries, shockwave therapy works in multiple ways. First, those targeted waves help break down scar tissue that can interfere with normal movement. The waves also promote better circulation, which is necessary for optimal healing and recovery. And finally, timed bursts of energy work by jump-starting your body’s natural healing responses to repair and regenerate damaged tissue.

One of the benefits of shockwave therapy is that it can be targeted directly to the site of injury, promoting natural healing right where it’s needed. Plus, it can be combined with other forms of therapy for truly customized pain management.

Shockwave therapy for ED

For men, one of the most upsetting age-related changes is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. ED is a fairly common problem for many men, affecting as many as three-quarters of all men worldwide. Three primary issues contribute to this problem: 

Shockwave therapy is designed to address all three of these problems. First, the waves help break down scar tissue, or plaque, that can make it difficult to get an erection, and sometimes cause significant pain during an erection. The scar tissue typically forms just below the skin, in the part of the penis that’s responsible for keeping it firm during an erection. Significant plaque buildup can cause the penis to curve, but even a small-to-moderate amount of plaque can make erections uncomfortable.

The energy waves also promote better circulation in the penis. Like other parts of your body, the penis relies on good circulation to function normally. As we age, our circulation can become compromised, and other problems like diabetes or vascular disease can make age-related issues even worse. Shockwave therapy supports better circulation, and for some men, it may even encourage growth of new blood vessels for better blood flow.

Finally, shockwave therapy can help treat ED by increasing nerve sensitivity. Just as age can affect our circulation, it can take a toll on our nerves, as well. Shockwave therapy promotes the development of new nerve tissue while also making existing nerves more sensitive to stimulation.

Learn how shockwave therapy can help you

In addition to helping men with ED and chronic pain, Dr. Mathieu uses shockwave therapy to help treat and even reverse other age-related issues, as well as getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to budge, no matter how much you exercise. Even better: There’s no downtime, so you can fit your treatment into even the busiest schedule. 

Shockwave therapy is an innovative, state-of-the-art treatment that doesn’t rely on surgery or drugs. That means it can be a great choice for lots of people, including those with preexisting conditions. The best way to find out if shockwave therapy is right for you. Call Simple Men’s Health at 561-594-0551, or use our online form to schedule an evaluation today.

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