What is Shockwave EPAT/ESWT?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®), also known as ESWT or shock wave therapy, is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA. This proprietary 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. This non-invasive office/clinic based procedure represents a breakthrough treatment option for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions.
What disorders can be treated?
Generally, acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain and/or pain that significantly impairs mobility or quality of life. Areas include:
- Back and Chest
- Upper Extremity
- Lower Extremity
- Foot and Ankle
- Myofascial Trigger point
- Diabetic Neuropathy due to lack of blood flow
What are the possible side effects/complications?
The non-invasive EPAT®/ESWT treatment 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
What are the expected results?
The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®), also known as ESWT or shock wave therapy, 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, thus improving your quality of life. 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 globe. A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering, and optimal quality have been built into each EPAT®/ESWT device; and extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy. If performed by a qualified caregiver, EPAT®/ESWT has virtually no risks or side effects.
What is the duration of the treatment and how many treatments will I need? Treatment sessions take approximately 10-20 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, 3-5treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals. More chronic conditions may require more sessions.
What if I have a special health condition?
The safety and effectiveness of the EPAT®/ESWT procedure has not been determined on people with the following health conditions. Your doctor will provide you with information about how these and other conditions might affect the determination to perform the EPAT®/ESWT procedures.
- DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)