What is the difference between shockwave therapy and laser therapy?
The biggest difference between shockwave and lasers is the energy source. Lasers use light energy while shockwaves use sound energy.
Shockwaves create higher energy outputs and can penetrate deeper than a laser. Lasers are mostly beneficial for superficial indications that require a few millimeters in depth.
One to three shockwave treatments can provide long-term healing. In contrast, lasers require 10-15 treatments for any given injury. There is no proof using lasers for long-term healing is effective.
Shockwave therapy is FDA-approved. There is over 10 years of shockwave research in both veterinary and human medicine.
There are no risks of burns with sound energy. No protective eye wear is needed.
Shockwave therapy has had no adverse effects reported.