What is EPAT?
EPAT, sometimes also referred to as ESWT or shockwave therapy, is a noninvasive treatment for musculoskeletal pain that uses the body’s own regenerative potential for healing. EPAT involves the application of low frequency sound waves to the injured area. These sound waves, or shockwaves, penetrate deep into the body’s soft tissue to stimulate increased blood flow to the area. This increase in blood flow accelerates the body’s natural healing process.
What are the benefits of EPAT?
- No anesthesia
- No incision therefore no risk of infection
- In office treatment
- Faster healing
- Immediate weight bearing
- A quick return to normal activity
What conditions can be treated with EPAT?
EPAT can be used for a wide variety of soft tissue injuries. These include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar plate injuries
- Achilles tendonitis
- Chronic muscle pain
- Myofascial trigger points
What are the expected results of EPAT?
The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology are often experienced after only a few treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after each treatment, although it may take up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin. The procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life. Studies suggest over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.
Is it safe?
Yes. This FDA-cleared technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the world. A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering, and optimal quality have been built into each EPAT device; and extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.
What are the possible side-effects of EPAT?
EPAT is a non-surgical treatment with virtually no risks. In some cases patients may experience some minor discomfort which may continue for a few days and/or the skin may become bruised or red after treatment.
How long is each treatment?
The average treatment time is about 15 minutes which is performed on a weekly basis for a series of four treatments. Because EPAT is noninvasive, these treatments are conveniently performed in our office.
Will my insurance pay for EPAT?
Unfortunately, insurance companies do not pay for EPAT, though the cost of EPAT can often be reimbursed from a qualified health savings account. At Foot and Ankle Premiere Specialists, we offer a package deal which includes 4 treatments for $500. Individual treatments are $150. For further pricing information, please contact the office.
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