What is Peyronie’s Disease?

Acoustic Wave Therapy is a drug-free way to treat many of the typical symptoms resulting in Peyronie’s Disease. The acoustic waves break down scar tissue and help reduce the curvature of the penis.

This condition is more commonly recognized as a painful curvature of the shaft of the penis, which may originate from trauma to the corpus cavernosum during intercourse. Peyronie’s disease is known to be associated with Dupuyrtren’s disease (fibrosis and contracture of the fingers of the hand) and the association was first recognized in 1828. There is a 3-15% chance a man with Dupuytren’s will have Peyronie’s. It has been found to be an autosomal dominant trait. The 78% of individuals diagnosed with Dupuytren’s within three kindred families, suggested these fibrosing disorders affected the same genes. The antigens of HLA-B7 were found to cross react in three families. The myriad of treatments surrounding Peyronie’s suggests there is no one best therapy. However, recent literature suggests that Shockwave therapy is effective in alleviating pain and helps in the treatment of curvature. The application of collagenase clostridium histolyticum has also been found efficacious but not without problems. Recently injection of anti-tumor necrosis factor medication in Dupuytren’s disease has been shown to significantly reduce production of the myofibroblasts and the expression of smooth muscle actin responsible for the deforming fibrosis. Because of the similarity between Depuytren’s and Peyronie’s this may become a promising treatment for early Peyronie’s disease. Last but not least Platelet derived growth factors have also been effective in treating this condition also available at ATC.

The hip area comprises the musculature of the pelvic girdle, the hip joint, the sacroiliac joint, the tendons of the gluteus medius muscle and gluteus brevis, the trochanteric bursa, the piriformis and the sciatic nerve. While many patients may think pain originating in the hip originates from the hip joint, it often comes from other places. The greater and lesser trochanters are insertion points for many different tendons. The iliopsoas joint actually has a synarthrosis and a synovial joint which can be treated and alleviated with shockwave. Posterior pain radiating down the leg doesn’t always result from a herniated lumbar disc but can occur from nerve entrapment syndrome at the piriformis. Pain which occurs while lying on your side most commonly occurring in women often results from a tendinosis of the iliotibial tract. Many of these conditions can be treated with a shockwave application in place of traditional steroid injections.


Tired of suffering from frequent episodes that put you out of work for several days? Call Acoustic Therapy Center in Palo Alto, CA to book an appointment with Dr. LeVeen. He can review your unique condition and create a custom treatment plan to relieve pain, improve back functions, and reduce flare-ups.

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