“EPAT, sometimes referred to as ESWT or shock wave, is an evidence-based treatment that gets to the root of your pain, facilitating healing and accelerating your recovery. EPAT improves your body’s regenerative potential, rather than further damaging an area that has degenerated because of poor blood flow, tissue injury, overuse, or weakness.”
Commonly Asked Questions About Shockwave Therapy
What are the possible side effects/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.
What disorders can be treated?
Generally, acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain and/or pain that significantly impairs mobility or quality of life. Areas include: Neck, shoulder, back & chest, upper extremity, lower extremity, foot & ankle, as well as myofascial trigger points.
How much does it cost?
For most patients, the Elective Payment out-of-pocket costs are much less than you would expect. Some patients can use their employer’s “Flexible Payment Medical Savings Account” to cover these out-of-pocket expenses with pre-tax dollars.
Benefits of EPAT
EPAT is non-invasive, no anesthesia, no risk or infection, no scarring, no down time, over 80% patient satisfaction, and faster healing.
How is the treatment performed?
Coupling gel is applied to the specified treatment area to enhance effectiveness. After these preparations, EPAT pressure waves are released via the applicator which is moved over the area in a circular motion.
What is the duration of the treatment and how many treatments will I need?
Treatment sessions take approximately 5-20 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, at least 3 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
Elective Payment & Insurance
Insurance typically does not cover the EPAT procedure, however, the Elective Payment option allows you to have all the benefits of an EPAT procedure at a very affordable price. Often there can be significant savings to you through the Elective Payment option as compared to paying deductibles, multiple co-pays, and other non-insurance covered surgery, post operative surgical care and rehabilitation. This non-invasive option will be 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.
What are the expected results?
The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology 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.
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 preformed in our clinic, does not require anesthesia, requires minimal amount of time, patients can immediately bear weights (i.e. walk), and return to normal activity within a few days of the procedure.
Is it safe?
Yes. This FDA cleared 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 clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.
What will happen after the treatment procedure?
You will receive post-treatment instructions from your physician to follow during your recovery.
CuraMedix. (2021). EPAT: Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology. Lincoln, RI; CuraMedix.