EPAT Shockwave therapy (EPAT is short for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) is a breakthrough treatment that has given the long term sufferer hope for a normal pain-free life again. Using a wave of pressure that is transmitted to the source of pain, metabolic rates are increased and the natural healing process is able to properly take its course. Circulation is improved and in most cases, injuries gradually regenerate.
Many of our patients come to us in unbearable pain, and we take their care seriously because we believe in giving people the tools to find their way back to wellness. That’s why we give each patient our undivided attention when it comes to making their plan for recovery. That means a unique program for a unique individual. By integrating different treatment methods and philosophies, Gventer Podiatry gives those we serve a better chance to feel like themselves again. Shockwave therapy with EPAT is just a single component in a larger picture for health and wellness.
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy ( EPAT) for Heel Pain
Heel pain is very common among competative and weekend athletes. The pain is localized to the bottom of the heel and along the arch.The pain can be quite persistent, lasting for months or even years. Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain that is mechanical in origin) is characterized by pain and stiffness upon arising in the morning. The pain has a tendency to decrease after a few minutes only to recur at the end of the day. In the early stages of plantar fasciitis the pain is more inflammatory in nature. The more chronic and longer lasting the pain the more the problem becomes one of Plantar Fasciosis or degeneration of the fascia.
Heal Pain Treatments
The treatments are quite different depending on how long you have had heel pain.
Treatment options for the inflammatory type of fasciitis can consist of the following: padding and strapping,therapeutic orthotic insoles,oral anti inflammatory medication,cortisone injections,achilles and plantar fascial stretching.
As the heel pain becomes more chronic, the following can be effective treatment options: Prefabricated and custom made orthotic devices, night splint, repeat cortisone injections or our preference bio puncture with homeopathic agents( to be discussed in a later blog) , physical therapy, cast or boot immobilization.
If there has been no improvement with the previous recommendations then EPAT( Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy) is a very advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA. The 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.
The non-invasive EPAT 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.
The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®) are often experienced after only 3 treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to four 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.
- Treatment sessions take approximately 15 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated.
- Generally, 3 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
- What will happen after the treatment/procedure?
- You will receive post-treatment instructions from Dr Gventer to follow during your recovery.
The Beneficial Effects
The beneficial effects of EPAT 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. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.
EPAT is an emerging technology in the US and, unfortunately, insurance companies do not yet cover the EPAT treatment. The EPAT treatment fee is reasonable by most patient standards and is a significant savings compared to paying deductibles,multiple co-pays and other non-insurance covered expenses as you attempt several months of conservative treatments,surgery and rehabilitation.
EPAT has a proven success rate without the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery time of surgery. The procedure is performed in the office without anesthesia. Generally, patients can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
We would love to discuss your podiatric health and the treatments available. Call (718) 265-1140 to schedule your appointment.