Commonly Asked Questions

Learn More About SoftWave Therapy

It is completely possible that you will still have a lot of questions before, after, or even during your treatment program utilizing SoftWave therapy. Let's run through some of the frequently asked questions by previous patients so you are confident as you embark on your own personal treatment program.

  • What is SoftWave Therapy? It is a treatment involving technology that applies short, frequent, and high intensity bursts of mechanical energy (in the form of a shockwave) into soft-tissue that is injured, scarred, or contains adhesions, is painful, or inflamed.
  • Is the treatment new? No. It is the standard of care for soft tissue injuries in Europe and has been a non-surgical option in the U.S. for over 20 years.
  • Is it FDA approved? SoftWave is FDA 510(k) cleared for: Activation of connective tissue, treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers and treatment of acute second-degree burns. It is FDA 510(k) registered for: Pain reduction and Improved Blood supply.
  • What is its intended use? It is an alternative to surgery to treat musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions.
  • Does it work? Depending on the treatment type, studies show success rates of up to 99%.
  • Is SoftWave better than other ESWT devices on the market? Definitively. The therapy has a wider and deeper therapeutic energy zone than all other devices on the market. This results in greater healing as the energy is spread over a vastly larger and deeper area.
  • Is it painful? There may be mild discomfort, but patients typically don't complain of treatment pain.
  • Who performs the treatment? Anyone in the practice that is properly trained by SWTRT.
  • How long is the treatment? Typically, 5-15 minutes.
  • How many treatments are recommended? Typically. 6-8 spread out throughout 6 weeks.
  • Are there any side effects? There is no bruising or swelling. For some, redness and soreness can occur but it usually subsides in a day or two.
  • Can it be used in conjunction with other treatments? Yes, it can however it is up to the provider. We found SoftWave Therapy has been shown to be even more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, etc.
  • Are there any restrictions right after treatment? You should follow your provider's instruction and you should not take any pain medicine or engage in any activities that would aggravate the injured area.
  • What conditions can be treated with SoftWave? SoftWave Therapy can successfully address acute and chronic muskuloskeletal injuries related to: knee, heel, foot, ankle, hamstring, back, pelvis, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. In addition, research has shown promising results in the area of sexual health, cosmetics, and wound healing.


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