The Foot & Ankle Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, created a new Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT), sometimes known as “shockwave therapy.” This new cutting-edge technology and process are faster, better, and, in most circumstances, less expensive than alternative therapies.
An Advanced, Conservative, and Efficient Treatment for Chronic Pain
Many patients come in with chronic pain they can’t seem to get rid of, such as heel pain, shin discomfort, and tendonitis.
They believe they have exhausted all possibilities. Rest. Ice. Exercising your limbs. Orthotics. Nothing seems to be working. The agony will not go away.
Do you fit this description? You’re not by yourself. And sadly, in the past, this type of event may have put you in a treatment limbo. On the one hand, conventional treatments are ineffective, and your body is not recovering. However, do you really want elective surgery?
However, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment can now treat chronic pain sufferers more efficiently and successfully than ever before. It has a fantastic success rate against even the most obstinate chronic injuries.
A More Rapid Recovery from Sports Injuries
However, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy isn’t simply for chronic pain. EPAT can also treat acute traumas, sports injuries, and even post-surgery rehabilitation.
The technology speeds up your natural healing processes and eliminates the need for drugs. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments to boost their effectiveness. So, if you want to return to work or play as soon as possible—or simply don’t want to wait—incorporating EPAT into your treatment plan might drastically shorten your recovery period.
How Does Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology Function?
An Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment device is made up of two primary parts. The main EPAT machine produces therapeutic pressure wave pulses, sometimes called “shockwaves.” These pulses are transmitted via a cable to a hand-held applicator, which distributes the shockwaves deep into your wounded tissues.
These waves in your body cause a cascade of natural physiological and biochemical reactions that “kick start” stalled healing processes and speed tissue regeneration:
• Decreased inflammation
• Boosted metabolism
• Improved blood circulation
• Dissolves scar tissue
• Increased growth factor release
What to Expect?
Activation of Extracorporeal Pulse Treatment is non-invasive, with no anesthesia, drugs, or injections required. You may feel some moderate discomfort during the session, but most patients tolerate it very well. If you need it, we can lessen the intensity of the pressure or take short intervals; treatment should never be uncomfortable.
A standard treatment plan consists of three sessions, scheduled every one to two weeks. You can fit it into your schedule, even during your lunch break! Each session is relatively brief—as little as five minutes and no more than twenty.
There is no recovery period following the surgery. After leaving our office, you’re up and strolling confidently back to work or school.
The effects are cumulative, meaning each treatment session builds on the previous ones. The outcomes vary, but many patients noticeably improve soon after the first session, and the vast majority (over 80%) will notice a significant improvement by the end of the treatment cycle. This is permanent tissue regeneration, not momentary relief like a cortisone shot.
What about the price? Your insurance may or may not cover EPAT. However, the total out-of-pocket cost of therapy is often $600 or less. It’s a steal compared to the financial, emotional, and time costs of surgery and multiple appointments with the doctor or physical therapist.
How Safe is Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment has almost no adverse effects, and most people can have it done safely.
However, EPAT is not indicated for certain patients, such as those who are pregnant, have specific circulation disorders such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or have cancer.
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