SoftWave Tissue Regeneration Therapy

Updated 3/28/2024

New SoftWave Tissue Regeneration Technology: a pain-free pain-management option 



SoftWave’s patented sound wave therapy is an exciting treatment option in the field of regenerative medicine. At University Foot & Ankle Institute, our podiatry experts utilize this regenerative technology to treat conditions of the foot and ankle. 


This FDA-approved, non-invasive technology speeds up your body’s natural healing processes, promoting a quick recovery from bone and soft tissue injuries. This revolutionary technology starts working in a single visit and is performed in the comfort of our healthcare offices.


University Foot & Ankle Institute is proud to be one of a few select California practices to offer this exciting breakthrough in the field of foot and ankle medicine.

Is this a new form of shock wave therapy? 

Yes. SoftWave is a type of extracorporeal shock wave device (ESWT). Shockwave therapy delivers focused acoustic waves through the skin to the injured tissue. The high-energy shockwaves trigger your body to begin healing the injured area. This technology is used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology, and even veterinary medicine. Its main benefits are fast pain relief and restored mobility.


The great thing about SoftWave is that it’s an updated and improved form of shock wave therapy. This technology offers better penetration and waveforms for healing than other available ESWT devices. It is shockwave on steroids!


The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on the problem and the size of the treatment area. Our doctor will first apply a gel to the skin of the treatment area. Then, they use the specially designed applicator to produce pulses that move harmlessly through the skin to the damaged tissue.


Does SoftWave hurt? 

SoftWave is painless and doesn’t require needles, anesthesia, or numbing agents. It also requires no downtime — you’ll be back to your daily activities right away. 


Does SoftWave therapy have side effects?

SoftWave has no known major side effects, but some patients do experience a bit of redness around the treatment area.


This drug-free therapy is so effective that patients rarely require more than three visits to achieve long-lasting pain relief. In fact, when we see patients for follow-up, many patients who’ve been treated with this therapy report that they obtained near-complete pain relief after just one or two visits. It is exceeding our expectations.


What conditions are successfully treated with SoftWave Acoustic Therapy? 

SoftWave has demonstrated great success in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders including:



How does SoftWave Acoustic Wave Therapy work? 

When administered over your injured area, SoftWave technology tricks your body into thinking that it has been re-injured. This prompts the release of resident stem cells and biological markers from the treated area to trigger the body’s natural healing process at the cellular level.


When you sustain an injury, it causes some cells to be damaged or to die, breaking down their outer membrane and releasing intracellular RNA fragments from the damaged tissue to the surrounding tissues. The presence of free RNA fragments prompts the surrounding healthy tissue to activate natural healing mechanisms such as:


The presence of free RNA fragments prompts the surrounding healthy tissue to activate natural healing mechanisms such as:

  • Boosting the immune response
  • Prompting the growth of new blood vessel
  • Attracting stem cells to stimulate tissue regeneration


By recruiting all of these “reinforcements,” the free RNA fragments put the body’s healing process into overdrive, which not only helps reduce pain and swelling but also speeds up your overall healing time. SoftWave ingeniously triggers a natural healing response without killing or damaging the host cells.


Leading medical institutions and sports teams endorse SoftWave Therapy

SoftWave Acoustic has been used with outstanding results for over a decade by leading medical institutions and top sports teams in the United States and Europe, helping thousands of patients to heal in record time. These include: 


Prestigious institutions such as the Hospital for Special Surgery, UCSF Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic, and the Shepherd Center have all reported great success in treating a wide range of orthopedic injuries with SoftWave Acoustic Therapy.


What’s more, leading sports medicine doctors behind teams such as the L.A. Lakers, the Chicago Cubs, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Cleveland Indians have been using SoftWave to treat their injured athletes, transition them sooner into physical therapy, improve their range of motion, and return them to sports in record time.


Our SoftWave promise and guarantee

We are so confident in our SoftWave treatment and our protocol at University Foot & Ankle Institute that we will give you a guarantee. Sign up for five sessions of SoftWave to treat your heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and/or Achilles tendonitis and if you don’t have complete resolution of your pain, we will perform a free platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for you


We know we can make you better and get you back to your life and we will put our reputation and our money on the line. We’re that confident in this technology.


SoftWave TRT is also used to treat back pain, shin splints, shoulder pain, knee pain, and a variety of sports injuries.


Why is UFAI your best choice for shock wave therapy and regenerative medicine?

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At UFAI, we firmly believe most conditions should initially be treated conservatively and non-surgically using minimally invasive techniques, whenever possible. In our experience, “conservative treatment modalities” deliver excellent results well over 80% of the time.


Occasionally, when conservative treatments do not work as well expected, other advanced non-invasive treatments become necessary. 


That is when regenerative therapy treatment options such as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), Amniotic Fluid Allograft, amniotic stem cell therapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP therapy), or Prolotherapy might be appropriate.


Our physicians have decades of combined experience using regenerative medicine and are internationally recognized experts in the field of regenerative medicine to treat foot and ankle conditions. 


If you would like to learn more about whether any regenerative medicine therapies might be right for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our foot and ankle specialists by calling (877) 736-6001 or make an appointment online now. Appointments are available at any of our locations, including Santa Monica, El Segundo, Valencia, Sherman Oaks, Santa Barbara, and others throughout Southern California.

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