Shockwave treatment is an established modality for treating urinary tract stones. The shockwaves delivered to the stones in either the kidney or the ureter cause fragmentation into small pieces. The patient would then pass the stones out in his/her urinary stream.
In the recent years, shockwave treatment has also extended to other applications. One example would be for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems by sports medicine specialists. The energy levels used in this instance is lower than that used for breaking urinary tract stones. Lower energy levels have been found to decrease inflammation (i.e. anti-inflammatory purpose) and cause growth of new blood vessels (neovascularization).
The most current use of low intensity shockwave treatment is for both erectile dysfunction as well as chronic pelvic pain syndrome and chronic prostatitis.
For erectile dysfunction, the man would have stronger erections due to improved blood flow to the penis without any complications.
With regards to CPPS and chronic prostatitis, the anti-inflammatory effects of the treatment shows good promise for this difficult to treat condition.
We have started using shockwave treatment for both conditions at our clinic.
Do arrange for a clinic consultation for further enquires.