EPAT”-EXTRACORPOREAL PULSE ACTIVATION

What is EPAT®?

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is the most advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA.  This technology uses the same shock-wave principles that have been used for non-surgical treatment of kidney stones without the requirements of anesthesia.  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 injuries and/or pain that significantly impairs mobility and quality of life.

Areas include but not limited to:

  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Back and chest
  • Upper extremity
  •  Lower extremity
  • Foot and ankle
  • Myofascial trigger points

What are the expected results?

The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (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, thus improving your quality of life. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.

What are the possible side-effect or complications?

The non-invasive EPAT 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.

Is it safe?

Yes. This FDA cleared technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the globe.  It is considered the standard of care in Europe.  A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the -art engineering, and optimal quality have been built into each EPAT® device; and extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.  If performed by a qualified healthcare provider, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®) 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 15-30 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, 3 treatment sessions are recommended at weekly intervals.

What will happen after the treatment procedure?

You will receive post-treatment instructions from your physician to follow during your recovery.

Are there any concerns with special health condition?

The safety and effectiveness of the EPAT® 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® procedures… these include malignancies, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).

How is the treatment performed?

Contact (ultrasound) gel is applied to the specified treatment area to enhance the effectiveness. After these preparations, EPAT pressure waves are released via the applicator which is moved over the area in a circular motion.

Why consider non-invasive EPAT®?

EPAT® has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods (including surgery) and without the risks, complications and lengthy recovery time. EPAT® is performed in your physician’s office/clinic, does not require anesthesia, requires a minimal amount of time, patients can immediately bear weight (i.e. walk), and return to normal activity within a few days of the procedure.

Benefits of EPAT®

  • Non-invasive
  • No anesthesia
  •  No risk of infection
  • No scarring
  • No downtime
  •  Over 80% patient satisfaction
  • Faster, easier healing

Payment and Insurance

Insurance typically does not cover the EPAT® procedure.  The substantial benefits and relative low costs of this non-invasive option is particularly appealing to those patients who are eager to return to work  or normal activities in only a  few days with just as good, if not better clinical  results compared to traditional treatment methods, including surgery.

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