Good Vibrations: Shockwave Therapy Demystified

Published Monday December 26, 2016

Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Treatment (EPAT), also known as Shockwave Therapy, is an FDA approved non-invasive treatment for chronic, painful musculoskeletal conditions of the lower extremities including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.  

EPAT is performed through a handheld applicator, delivering subtle, painless shock waves into injured tissues while recruiting the body’s growth factors and promoting increased blood flow. This process requires no anesthesia or incisions while allowing immediate weight bearing and a quick return to activity. Treatment is performed in the office and usually requires 3-4 fifteen-minute sessions, spaced 7 days apart.

Benefits are long-lasting, and are typically noticed after the third treatment, however, patients often report some relief after just one treatment. Patients are required to abstain from anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen for 2-3 weeks before the first and after the final treatment.  Maximum improvement is seen after 12 weeks with 80% of patients reporting significant to complete relief.

There are virtually no side effects or contraindications to EPAT. It is a proven safe, effective, and non-surgical treatment of many chronic foot and ankle conditions. Your doctor can determine if you are a candidate for EPAT therapy and answer any questions regarding this highly effective treatment.  

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