High frequency shock waves are in common use in medicine. For example, shock waves are used to remotely break up kidney stones and to treat various orthopedic disorders, such as fractures.
Shock waves have been studied in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial treated 60 men who had had illness for a duration of no less than 3 months. Entry scores on the Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index (CPSI) were as low as 7 (the range is from 0 to 43). Study followup was for up to 12 weeks. The study showed a drop in median CPSI from 24 to 20 before and after treatment respectively. This drop was greater than with placebo, which showed no change.
Shock waves appear to be more therapeutic than Lyrica, Ciprofloxacin, and Flomax, which do not appear to work at all. They also appear to be less therapeutic than such other prostatitis treatments as quercetin, bee pollen, massage, exercise, and trigger point release.
Further research may seize upon these observations to test if different modes of administration and/or dosing regimens can have an effect on prostatitis symptoms that is greater than 4 points on the CPSI scale.