Storz Medical EPAT Shock Wave Treatment
What is EPAT?
Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT®) is the most advanced and highly effective noninvasive treatment method approved by the FDA to treat acute or chronic muscle and tendon pain by stimulating blood circulation and accelerating the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. Patients with heel pain (plantar fasciitis) or other tendon pain like Achilles tendonitis can benefit from this treatment.
How does EPAT work?
The treatment utilizes a unique set of acoustic pressure waves that are delivered through the body and focused on the site of pain/injury with a special applicator. These pressure waves stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.
How is EPAT performed?
During the EPAT procedure, Dr. Kent will apply gel to the targeted area and then move the device applicator in circular motions over the area. The applicator delivers pressure waves into the painful area, which gradually regenerate the damaged tissue.
How long does this treatment take?
Treatment sessions take approximately 15 minutes per site and vary slightly depending on the site to be treated. Generally 3 treatment sessions are necessary and are performed on a weekly interval. If you are improving, but not completely better; up to 5 treatments can be performed.
What conditions can be treated with EPAT?
EPAT can be used to treat many painful soft tissue injuries. Including: plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, tendon insertional pain, acute and chronic muscle pain, and myofascial trigger points.
What are the results of this EPAT?
After EPAT, some patients may experience immediate pain relief, while for others it may take up to four weeks before significant relief is felt. Over 80 percent of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.
Is it safe?
Yes. This FDA approved 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 device, and extensive studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.
Is EPAT safe for pregnant patients?
EPAT is a safe treatment, but has never been tested on pregnant patients. Patients are advised to wait at least 3 months post partum before treatment, as many foot pains subside after weight loss and hormonal equilibrium is reached.
What are the expected results?
Most people will experience pain relief after 3 treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first treatment, but maximum relief can take up to four weeks after the last treatment to begin. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free or have significant pain reduction.
Are there any special aftercare instructions?
All patients receiving EPAT therapy should be off all anti-inflammatory medication for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the procedure and 4 weeks after. This includes common over the counter medication such as, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin. Your doctor will provide you with detailed after care instructions.
What are the possible side-effects or complications?
EPAT is a non-invasive treatment and has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases patients may experience some minor discomfort which may continue for a few days. On rare occasion, the skin may become bruised or red after the treatment.
Who should not have EPAT?
EPAT should not be used in people who have deep venous thrombosis or malignancy. It is also best to avoid the procedure if you are taking blood thinners.
Why consider EPAT?
EPAT has a proven success rate equal to or better than traditional treatment methods (including surgery) without the risks or lengthy recovery time. It is performed in your physician’s office without the need for anesthesia.
Is EPAT covered by insurance?
No, unfortunately insurance companies do not pay for EPAT, though the cost of EPAT can often be reimbursed from a qualified health savings account. Non-covered services and/or procedures without billable terminology are paid to the office by the patient at the time of service; a claim will not be submitted to the insurance, though our office can provide receipts for reimbursement accounts to consider.
How much does it cost?
EPAT is an affordable alternative to invasive surgery, lengthy physical therapy and other costly treatments. This treatment usually involves 3 visits to our office. You can expect to pay $100 plus your insurance copay per visit.
How can I get more information about EPAT?
The physicians at East Texas Foot and Ankle Clinic all have experience in providing EPAT treatment and are the best people to speak with if you have additional questions regarding the procedure. Call Tyler foot doctors for an appointment at 903-939-3668 (FOOT). There is also much more extensive information available at www.curamedix.com
Call East Texas Foot Ankle Centers at 903-939-3668 (FOOT)