Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is an advanced and highly effective non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA for certain musculoskeletal injuries. This technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process of damaged superficial tissues like the achilles, plantar fascia, neuromas, elbow injuries, rotator cuff tendons and even stress reactions of the tibia. Youth injuries like Osgood Schlatter Syndrome and Sever’s Disease are difficult to treat and they take time, appropriate home exercises, and avoiding too much impact while healing. The EPAT device not only helps to alleviate pain but to repair the damaged tissue to facilitate return to play faster.
The beneficial effects of EPAT are often experienced after only 3 treatments but may require up to 6 treatments at 1x per week. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to 4 weeks for pain relief to become quite noticeable. As is always standard care in my Physical Therapy practice, appropriate exercises and stretches are instructed to maximize healing.
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