SoftWave FAQ

What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy? (ESWT)

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment of soft tissue, bone, heel, and joint pain that uses shock waves to stimulate cells and promote healing. 

What is SoftWave TRT?

SoftWave TRT stands for SoftWave Tissue Regeneration Technologies. SoftWave TRT is the company that offers the only unfocused true shock wave technology device. 

What is Stemwave Therapy?

Stemwave therapy‘ is a phrase commonly used by SoftWaveTRT providers that typically refers to extracorporeal shock wave therapy using a SoftWaveTRT device. The terms ‘stemwave therapy’ and ‘SoftWave therapy’ are often used interchangeably.

What is SoftWave Therapy and What Makes it Differ from Shockwave therapy?

SoftWave Therapy is a treatment involving SoftWave Tissue Regeneration Technology that applies short, frequent, and high intensity bursts of mechanical energy (in the form of a shock wave) into soft-tissue that is injured, scarred, contains adhesions, is painful, or inflamed. SoftWave is currently the only company that offers unfocused true shock wave technology in their devices.

The therapy that is provided by a SoftWaveTRT device has a wider and deeper therapeutic energy zone than other ESWT devices on the market. This results in greater healing as the energy is spread over a vastly larger and deeper area. Learn more about SoftWave TRT’s treatment device Orthogold.

Is Shockwave Therapy New?

Shockwave therapy has been around for quite a while. Shockwave therapy 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. Increased study and documentation over time has lead to increased adoption of shockwave therapy in multiple fields of use.

Is SoftWave TRT FDA approved?

SoftWaveTRT is FDA 510(k) cleared for: Activation of connective tissue, treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers and treatment of acute second-degree burns as well as pain reduction and Improved blood supply.


What is SoftWave TRT's intended use?

SoftWave TRT is an alternative to surgery to treat musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions. Read more about what is shockwave therapy is used for.

Is shockwave therapy with SoftWave TRT effective?

SoftWave therapy has been shown to be very effective at treating multiple different conditions. Depending on the treatment type, studies show success rates of up to 99%.

Is SoftWave TRT better than other ESWT devices on the market?

The SoftWave TRT device 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. Learn more about SoftWave’s shockwave therapy machine here.

Is shockwave therapy with SoftWave TRT Painful?

Patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness shortly after treatment, but typically don’t complain of treatment pain. Read more about what to expect during shockwave therapy treatment.

Who performs shockwave therapy with SoftWave TRT?

SoftWave therapy can be performed by anyone in a practice that has been properly trained by SoftWave TRT.

How Long is a SoftWave therapy treatment?

Each individual session of SoftWave therapy only takes 5-15 minutes and is typically recommended to be done on a once a week basis for 3-5 weeks.

Each condition that is treated with SoftWave TRT is unique and may require more or less treatment time. Most patients experience improvement after the very first session.

How many SoftWave Therapy treatments are recommended?

Typically, 3-4 treatments spread out a week apart.

How long does SoftWave Therapy treatment take to show improvement?

Often times immediately, yet the best outcomes occur roughly 12 weeks after the last treatment.

Is SoftWave Therapy covered by insurance?

At this time, insurance does not pay for this treatment.

Are there any side effects associated with SoftWave Therapy?

SoftWave therapy does not cause any bruising or swelling. For some, redness and soreness can occur, but usually subsides in a day or two. 

Can SoftWave Therapy be used in conjunction with other treatments?

Yes, it can, however it is up to the provider. We found SoftWave therapy to be effective on its own, but it has also been shown to be even more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, etc.

How can I find someone who performs SoftWave Therapy?

To find “SoftWave therapy near me”, Click to access the provider info for a map of providers who have access to, and have been trained to use SoftWave TRT.

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.


  1. Your provider will apply a gel to the surface area that is going to be treated.
  2. The SoftWave TRT applicator is gently applied to the skin. You will hear a clicking sound as your practitioner moves around the treatment area. 
  3. During therapy, you communicate with the clinician to identify treatment areas and monitor progress.

What conditions can be treated with SoftWave?

SoftWave therapy can successfully address acute and chronic musculoskeletal 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.

Who is a candidate for SoftWave?

Most people are good candidates for shock wave treatment however patients who are pregnant, have a pacemaker or current cancer are not suitable for treatment. Your doctor will provide you with information about conditions you may have that would affect your ability to undergo treatment.

Why Consider Getting SoftWave?

ESWT has a proven success rate that can be as effective or more effective than other methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals without the with the risks, complications or long recovery times. ESWT treatments are non-invasive and promote accelerated recovery. It is non-surgical, performed in a physician’s office or clinic, does not require anesthesia, has no side effects and is effective.

Can SoftWave be used for treating patients with a pacemaker for non-related pain pathologies?

Due to our experience there are no contraindications to treat patients with a pace maker. The only complications reported happened in the very beginning when treatments were performed in the water bath (lithotripsy). Nevertheless, we recommend avoiding focus on the pace maker.