EPAT and Shockwave Therapy


EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) therapy is a highly effective technology that has been used to accelerate the body’s natural healing process. The treatment itself is painless and non-invasive. It works by using pressure waves to treat and heal internal pain due to injuries that might be slow to heal. EPAT therapy has been FDA approved and hasn’t been found to have any major side effects, other than minor discomfort that may be experienced while receiving the treatment. Some injuries that the EPAT therapy works well with are: plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and stress reactions.

There are many benefits that come along with choosing EPAT therapy as your form of treatment; one of them being that there are no incisions necessary. The fact that this treatment is completely non-invasive eliminates any possible complications that may occur as a result of surgery. Over 80% of people who opt for this therapy have experienced a successful outcome. Furthermore, this method is safe and cost-effective. While some patients report their pain goes away after the first treatment, it may take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin.

EPAT works by the use of shock waves; they are essentially sound waves that operate at a high speed and pressure. Prior to the use of the treatment, a gel is applied to the area that is to be treated. This gel helps the shock waves reach maximum efficiency. When the actual treatment takes place, the applicator is moved over the affected area while the waves are simultaneously being released. When the therapy session is complete, the gel is wiped off, and the patient is able to be mobile immediately afterward. Each session lasts approximately 5-10 minutes and usually 3-4 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.

Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is one treatment option for plantar fascia, a condition that causes heel and foot inflammation and pain. This type of injury is often caused by overworking the feet. Heel pain is most common in people that exercise often, individuals who are overweight, and people whose profession require them to stand for long periods of time.

Heel pain can be caused by a number of problems including ill-fitting shoes, strenuous exercise routines or work hazards. Simple treatment options involve buying new shoes, taking ibuprofen, doing heel and foot exercises, and resting your feet. For severe cases, shockwave therapy can be considered a more viable form of treatment.

Shockwave therapy should be considered for patients that have had unsuccessful treatment or whose heel pain has lasted for more than six months. In shockwave therapy, a device delivers shockwaves to the patient’s body, which jumpstart the body’s repair mechanisms. These mechanisms then begin working more effectively to repair damage done to the heel area.

Shockwave therapy also helps eliminate pain in the heel area. When the body’s natural repair mechanisms are triggered, tissue healing in the body is sped up. This leads to pain reduction after pain transmission nerves are stimulated.

Shockwave therapy eliminates the risk factors associated with surgery, such as the use of anesthetics, and is less invasive. Since this technique also helps improve the body’s natural healing techniques, recovery time should be shorter than surgical procedures.

Discomfort issues can also be a side effect of treatment. Short-term issues normally include skin bruising, minor pain during and after treatment, swelling of the heel, and discolored tissue. However, these side effects of shockwave therapy usually disappear after a few days. The fast recovery time of shockwave therapy makes it easy for patients to return to their daily routines.

Like most types of treatments, surgeries, and medications, shockwave therapy is not for everyone. Potential patients with heart conditions and people with pacemakers should not be considered for this technique. People on certain types of medications, usually medications affecting blood clotting, would be ineligible for shockwave therapy. Children and pregnant women should avoid this treatment option as well.

Overall, shockwave therapy could be a great option for heel pain. It is less invasive than surgery, helps trigger natural healing mechanisms, and should be considered by people who have had long bouts of heel pain or tried conventional treatment options that were unsuccessful.

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