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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Males: A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study.

This therapy looks very promising for symptom control for those who are not quite ready to remove their prostates. Has anybody had any experience with this and if so please share it with us?

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In this article he states "Recently, the one year FU (follow up) could be completed showing extremely encouraging results". I take this to mean that, for those who did find significant relief from shock wave therapy, that the effects were more than short term. Interesting. It would be nice to have a little more detail.
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The attached study's & others if you care to google, show that "some" bacteria are affected by shock wave therapy. I wonder if there is a link between this and the year long improvements implied in the above article, or if it is by some other mechanism, or even perhaps by multiple mechanisms? In theory at least, the shock waves could break up or disrupt long standing bio-films that had been resistant to antibiotics.
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Leaving aside "extremely encouraging," are there new data?
Not that I am aware of, hence my comment above of "needing more detail"..!!!
I have emailed the Dr and he plans on publishing the year follow up results "hopefully" this year.

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