What is EPAT®?

Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT®) high-intensity acoustic pressure waves, often called shock waves (ESWT or ESWL), is the most advanced and highly effective noninvasive treatment method approved by the FDA to treat acute or chronic muscle and tendon pain. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. Patients with heel pain (plantar fasciitis) or other tendon pain like Achilles tendon can benefit from this treatment.

How is EPAT® performed?

During the EPAT® procedure, ultrasound gel will be used to ensure perfect coupling of the applicator to your skin. The device applicator will then "scan"  the treatment region in circular motions. The applicator delivers pulses and pressure waves into the painful area which gradually regenerate the damaged tissue. The energy can be gradually increased based on your specific sensitivity levels.

How long does the treatment take?

EPAT® treatment sessions will take approximately 5-10 minutes. One treatment per week over a 4-5 week period with 7-10 days in between each treatment. Most patients require four sessions to achieve their desired results.

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.

What are the benefits of EPAT®?

EPAT® is fast, safe, and effective. There is no incision, no risk of infection at the treatment site, and no scar tissue. You have the ability to return to work/normal activities within 24-48 hours. It is non-invasive, cost-effective, and there are virtually no risks or side effects.

Is it safe?

Yes. This FDA approved technology was developed in Europe and has proved its efficacy for many years and in millions of cases. Acoustic pressure waves (EPAT®) have been used in areas of orthopedics, traumatology, rheumatology, pain management, and rehabilitation with great success.

Is EPAT® covered by insurance?

In most cases, EPAT® is not covered by insurance, although some patients may be able to use their employer's Flexible Medical Savings Account. Care Credit is also available to all patients