EPAT is the most advanced non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is a new way to conquer chronic pain associated with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon pathology. Pressure waves stimulate the metabolism, enhanced circulation therefore produce a regenerative and tissue-repairing effect. Damaged tissue of the plantar fascia or Achilles tendon gradually regenerates and eventually heals.
The Top 15 FAQ's About EPAT Therapy for Heel Pain
1. What Is EPAT?
EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology. It is a highly effective non-invasive office based treatment method that accelerates healing of injured tissues.
2. 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.
3. How is the Treatment Performed?
Ultrasound gel is applied over the skin of the treatment area to enhance the transmission of the acoustic pressure waves. The pressure waves are applied using a special applicator tip. The tip is moved over the injured tissue using circular motions.
4. How Long Does the Treatment Take and How Many Treatments are Required?
Treatment sessions take approximately 15 minutes per site and vary slightly depending on the site to be treated. A minimum 3 treatment sessions are necessary and are performed on a weekly interval. If you are improving, but not completely better; an additional treatment can be performed.
5. 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.
6. Is EPAT Safe?
EPAT is a safe treatment with virtually no risks and no side effects
7. Is EPAT FDA Approved?
Yes, the machine is FDA cleared for usage.
8. 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. Peer reviewed literature has demonstrated an overall success rate of 75% for patient with chronic plantar fasciitis and a 78% success rate in patient with chronic Achilles tendinopathy. (Literature review available upon request).
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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. EPAT has not been studied on pregnant patients.
12. 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. (Literature review available upon request).
13. Does My Insurance Pay for EPAT?
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.
14. How Much Does it Cost?
EPAT is an affordable alternative to surgery, lengthy physical therapy and other costly treatments. The first 3 treatments are bundled at a cost of $450 for the procedure. This is due in full at the time of the 1st treatment to ensure all 3 treatments are completed. No copayments or other fees will be collected during the treatment visits unless another service is provided.
15. How Can I Get More Information About EPAT?