SoftWave FAQ

What is ESWT Therapy?

It stands for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. It’s a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment of soft tissue, bone, heel and joint pain.

What is SWTRT?

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

What is SoftWave Therapy?

It is treatment involving 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, 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?

We are 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 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, 3-4 spread out a week apart.

How long before I feel the difference?

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

What is the cost?

Clinic charge $100-$200 per treatment depending on the malady.

Is treatment covered by insurance?

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

Are there any side effects?

There is no bruising and 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.

How can I find someone who performs SoftWave Therapy?

Click here to access the provider tab on the SoftWave website for a map of providers.

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 is involved in the procedure?

A gel is applied to the surface area to be treated. The applicator is gently applied to the skin. You will hear a sound as your practitioner moves around the treatment area. 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.