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EPAT Shockwave Therapy
EPAT Shockwave therapy (EPAT is short for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) is a breakthrough treatment that has given the long term sufferer hope for a normal pain-free life again. Using a wave of pressure that is transmitted to the source of pain, metabolic rates are increased and the natural healing process is able to properly take its course. Circulation is improved and in most cases, injuries gradually regenerate.
Many of our patients come to us in unbearable pain, and we take their care seriously because we believe in giving people the tools to find their way back to wellness. That’s why we give each patient our undivided attention when it comes to making their plan for recovery. That means a unique program for a unique individual. By integrating different treatment methods and philosophies, Gventer Podiatry gives those we serve a better chance to feel like themselves again. Shockwave therapy with EPAT is just a single component in a larger picture for health and wellness.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy ( EPAT) for Heel Pain
Heel pain is very common among competative and weekend athletes. The pain is localized to the bottom of the heel and along the arch.The pain can be quite persistent, lasting for months or even years. Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain that is mechanical in origin) is characterized by pain and stiffness upon arising in the morning. The pain has a tendency to decrease after a few minutes only to recur at the end of the day. In the early stages of plantar fasciitis the pain is more inflammatory in nature. The more chronic and longer lasting the pain the more the problem becomes one of Plantar Fasciosis or degeneration of the fascia.
If there has been no improvement with the previous recommendations then EPAT( Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy) is a very advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA. The technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism,enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.
The non-invasive EPAT has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases, patients may experience some minor discomfort which may continue for a few days. It is normal to have some residual pain after intense exercise or a full day of work.
The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®) are often experienced after only 3 treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin. The procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.
• Treatment sessions take approximately 15 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated.
• Generally, 3 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
What will happen after the treatment/procedure?
You will receive post-treatment instructions from Dr. Chung to follow during your recovery.
The Beneficial Effects
The beneficial effects of EPAT are often experienced after only 3 treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment,although it can take up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin. The procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.
EPAT is an emerging technology in the US and, unfortunately, insurance companies do not yet cover the EPAT treatment. The EPAT treatment fee is reasonable by most patient standards and is a significant savings compared to paying deductibles,multiple co-pays and other non-insurance covered expenses as you attempt several months of conservative treatments,surgery and rehabilitation.
EPAT has a proven success rate without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery time of surgery. The procedure is performed in the office without anesthesia. Generally, patients can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
FAQ’s for EPAT
What is EPAT?
• EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology.
• It is a highly effective non-invasive office based treatment method that accelerates healing of injured tissues.
How does EPAT work?
• The treatment utilizes a unique set of acoustic pressure waves that are delivered through the body and focused on the site of pain/injury with a special applicator.
• These pressure waves stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.
How is the treatment performed?
• Ultrasound gel is applied over the skin of the treatment area to enhance the transmission of the pressure waves.
• The pressure waves are applied using a special applicator tip. The tip is moved over the injured tissue using circular motions.
What is the duration of treatment and how many treatments are required?
• Treatment sessions take approximately 15 minutes per site and vary slightly depending on the site to be treated.
• Generally 3 treatment sessions are necessary and are performed on a weekly interval.
What conditions can be treated with EPAT?
• EPAT can be used to treat many painful soft tissue injuries.
o Plantar fasciitis
o Achilles tendonitis
o Tennis elbow
o Golfer’s elbow
o Patellar tendinitis
o Quadriceps tendinitis
o Tendon insertional pain
o Acute and chronic muscle pain
o Myofascial trigger points
Is EPAT safe?
• EPAT is a safe treatment with virtually no side effects.
• It was originally developed in Europe and is currently used around the world.
• EPAT should only be provided by a qualified physician.
Is EPAT FDA approved?
What are the expected results?
• Most people will experience pain relief after 3 treatments.
• Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first treatment, but maximum relief can take up to four weeks after the last treatment to begin.
• Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free or have significant pain reduction.
Are there any special instructions?
• All patients receiving EPAT therapy should be off all anti-inflammatory medication for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the procedure and 4 weeks after.
• This includes common over the counter medication such as, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin.
• Please ask your doctor if you have additional questions.
What are the possible side effect or complications?
• EPAT is a non-invasive treatment and has virtually no risks or side effects.
• In some cases patients may experience some minor discomfort which may continue for a few days.
• On rare occasion, the skin may become bruised or red after the treatment.
Why consider EPAT?
• EPAT has a proven success rate equal to or better than traditional treatment methods (including surgery) without the risks or lengthy recovery time.
• It is performed in your physician’s office without the need for anesthesia.
Does insurance pay for EPAT?
• No, unfortunately insurance companies do not pay for EPAT, though the cost of EPAT can be paid for from a qualified health savings account.
How much does it cost.
• Affordable payment options are available, please call for additional information.