Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which a man has difficulty getting or maintaining an erection. ED can be caused by a number of factors, including health problems, medications, and lifestyle choices. Some men may be hesitant to seek treatment for ED because they are embarrassed or ashamed. However, ED is a common condition and there are many treatment options available. One potential treatment for ED is shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses high-intensity sound waves to help improve blood flow and treat ED.
Low-intensity shockwave therapy is a new treatment for erectile dysfunction that uses sound waves to stimulate blood flow to the penis.
How Does Shockwave Therapy Work?
Shockwave therapy uses high-frequency sound waves to stimulate blood flow to the penis. The waves are directed at the penis and cause tiny micro-tears in the tissue. This triggers the body to repair the tears and create new blood vessels. The increased blood flow can help to improve erectile function. Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment and does not require any surgery or anesthesia. The treatment is usually well-tolerated and does not cause any pain.
What Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
Sometimes ED is due to an underlying health condition. Treating this can be enough to reverse the issue. There is often a link between undiagnosed diabetes and erectile dysfunction. Another potential cause is heart disease. People in poor health are more at risk of ED. As the risk of disease increases as we get older, there can be a link between erectile dysfunction and age.
Sexual arousal is complicated, involving emotions, hormones, blood vessels, nerves, and the brain. ED can be caused by any of these or by stress and psychological problems. It can be due to a combination of factors. Anxiety about sexual performance can worsen ED.
How Is Shockwave Therapy Administered?
Shockwave therapy is administered using a hand-held device. The device is placed against the penis and the waves are directed at the tissue. Shockwave therapy stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves blood flow to the penis. This helps to improve the function of the penis and can help to restore erectile function. The treatment usually lasts for about 15 minutes.
When you see our erectile dysfunction doctor at ReBalance, we treat you holistically, assessing your general health and all possible factors that could cause ED. A successful erection needs a good blood flow to the penis. We can assess if there might be a physical reason like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or the lingering effects of coronavirus, causing erectile dysfunction. ED is often caused by vasculogenic erectile dysfunction, where the penis cannot receive enough blood.
Who Is a Candidate for Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a treatment option for men with erectile dysfunction that have not responded to other treatments, such as medication or surgery. The treatment is not recommended for men with severe erectile dysfunction or those who have a history of priapism.
What Are the Side Effects of Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy is a safe and well-tolerated treatment. Some men may experience a temporary increase in pain or bruising at the site of treatment.