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Softwave Therapy

As seen on “The Doctors” TV Show

Softwave Therapy is a patented medical device that is used to treat pain and injury. Softwave Therapy uses shockwaves traveling at 3355 mph to reduce inflammation and activate the healing factors within the body.

The technical term for Softwave Therapy is unfocused electrohydraulic extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or orthotripsy. Softwave Therapy has been used in Europe for more than 10 years with great success for a variety of conditions. There are currently many medical studies undergoing with Softwave Therapy due to its strong healing effect, including studies on spinal cord injury, heart attack, and even Alzheimer’s.

Softwave Therapy has recently been introduced in the United States and it is rapidly being adapted by many healthcare professionals due to its successful clinical outcomes with difficult cases. If you are suffering from pain and injury, and previous treatment has not helped, Softwave Therapy could be just the solution that you have been looking for.

Softwave Therapy Facts

Utilized by many elite athletes and top-level professional sports teams (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets, NY Giants, LA Lakers and many more).
Available at top medical institutions (Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and many more).
FDA cleared, regarded very safe with no serious side effects.
Non-invasive, no anesthesia needed, does not require downtime.

Conditions Treated with Softwave Therapy

Neck & Back Pain
Disc Bulge & Herniation
Pinched Nerve
Peripheral Neuropathy
Knee Arthritis
Finger Arthritis
Trigger Finger
Knee Meniscus Tear
Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tennis Elbow
Golfer’s Elbow
Rotator Cuff Tear
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Post-Surgical Pain

If your condition is not listed, please call our office at 718-746-4919 or email us at to find out if Softwave Therapy is right for you. We will be able to determine if you are candidate for Softwave Therapy after reviewing your medical history, test result, and physical examination. Please bring in any test results such as x-ray or MRI, and related medical records to your appointment.

*Softwave Therapy is considered an elective procedure and currently not covered by any health insurances. No more than two body parts are be treated with Softwave Therapy per visit.

FAQ About Softwave Therapy

Softwave Therapy uses harmless shockwaves that travels at 3355 mph. When the shockwaves pass through injured area, they “pump” the cells in the area. It is similar in concept to squeezing a sponge underwater. This pumping effect of the shockwaves happens so quickly that the cells are not damaged at all. It also dramatically reduces inflammation and increases circulation, which in turn decreases pain. Research has shown that in the treated area, formation of new blood vessels and migration of stem cells can be observed in 8 to 10 weeks. More blood vessels mean increased circulation, which results in increased healing. We also know that the stem cells can turn into the type of cells that are needed to repair an injury. Therefore, Softwave Therapy is not only a treatment for pain, but it’s also regenerative therapy, as it triggers the creation of new blood vessels and activation of stem cells. Since Softwave Therapy works very differently from any other available treatment, it often works in conditions that had not response to previous care.

Softwave Therapy feels like bones being hammered with a metal hammer from the inside. The intensity can be easily changed to match each patient’s tolerance. An injured area is more uncomfortable with Softwave Therapy compared to a normal area, and this response can be used to direct the Softwave Therapy treatment to exactly where it is needed.

Softwave Therapy is extremely safe and there are no known serious side effects. Conditions that prohibit Softwave Therapy use are: pregnancy, blood clots, bleeding disorder, serious infection, cancer and growth plate at the treatment site, and surgically implanted electronics. Softwave Therapy can be safely used over orthopedic surgical hardware.

Typical Softwave Therapy treatment frequency is 2 times per week for the first 2 to 4 weeks, then 1 time per week for the next 4 weeks. The total number of Softwave Therapy treatment and shocks administered at each treatment visit are determined by the severity and nature of the condition. Very often, Softwave Therapy is combined with other treatment such as spinal decompression, chiropractic, or therapeutic exercises as part of a comprehensive treatment for the best result.

Most people who consider Softwave Therapy already have been treated with pain medication, physical therapy, chiropractic, and even steroid joint injections. Therefore, they are looking for alternatives to standard medical treatment. The following is a list of pros and cons of alternative treatment to Softwave Therapy. We encourage you to do your own research to educate yourself on these treatments.




Softwave Therapy

  • Fast pain relief without drugs.

  • Increased healing.

  • Very safe and effective.

  • No preparation or recovery period needed.

  • Repeated treatment increases effectiveness.

  • Mildly uncomfortable.

  • Repeated visits needed for the best result.

  • Limited insurance coverage.

Steroid Joint Injection

  • Can be effective in reducing pain fast.

  • Covered by most health insurances.

  • Effectiveness wears off in 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Follow-up injections tend to be less effective than the first one.

  • Long-term side effect is weakening of tendons, cartilage and ligaments in the injected body part.

Viscoelastic Supplement Joint Injection


  • Can be effective for lubricating knee joint.

  • Non-drug therapy.

  • Needs repeated injections for the best result.

  • Follow-up injections tend to be less effective than the first injection.

  • Limited insurance coverage.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection

  • Can be fairly effective for reducing pain.

  • Increased healing.

  • Uses patient’s own blood.

  • Takes weeks for noticeable effect.

  • Can be very painful after injection for up to two weeks.

  • Limited insurance coverage.

  • Takes several repeated injections for best result.

Stem Cell Injection

  • Can be effective for reducing pain.

  • Increased healing.

  • Extremely expensive.

  • Wildly varying success rate.

  • Takes weeks for noticeable effect.

  • Not covered by insurances.

  • Quality control varies wildly.

  • Takes several repeated injections for the best result.


  • Can be effective for reducing pain.

  • Can restore function.

  • Covered by most insurances.

  • Complication risk.

  • Sometimes fails to fix the problem.

  • Many months of rehab needed.

  • Some surgeries have poor long-term outlook.

  • Negative outcome can be permanent.

How can I find out if Softwave Therapy would work for me?

Please call our office and make an appointment at 718-746-4919 or email us at We will be able to determine if you are candidate for Softwave Therapy after a trial treatment. Please bring in any test results such as x-ray or MRI, and related medical records to your appointment.


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