Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is a painful condition affecting the outer part of the elbow. It's a prevalent injury, even among those who have never picked up a racket. Symptoms of tennis elbow includes pain and weakness with gripping and with lifting even small objects like a coffee cup. While traditional treatments like rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications have been the go-to solutions, there's a groundbreaking technology changing the game – Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), also known as Shockwave Therapy.
EPAT is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment that utilizes acoustic pressure waves (sound waves) to stimulate the healing process of injured tissues. Originally developed to break down kidney stones, EPAT has found success in treating various musculoskeletal conditions, including tennis elbow. The treatment involves the application of high-energy shockwaves directly to the affected area, promoting blood circulation, cell regeneration, and tissue repair.
Tennis elbow is often caused by overuse of the forearm muscles and tendons, leading to small tears in the tissue. EPAT addresses this issue by triggering a controlled inflammatory response, kickstarting the body's natural healing mechanisms. The shockwaves stimulate the production of growth factors and increase blood flow, accelerating the repair process and reducing pain.
EPAT is a non-invasive treatment option that eliminates the need for surgery or injections, offering a safer and less traumatic alternative for patients.
EPAT is also quick and convenient. Each EPAT session typically lasts around 10-20 minutes, and patients can resume their regular activities immediately afterward. The treatment is administered on an outpatient basis.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of EPAT in treating tennis elbow, with many patients experiencing significant pain reduction and improved functionality after just a few sessions.
EPAT has minimal side effects, making it a well-tolerated option for those seeking relief from tennis elbow without the risks associated with more invasive procedures.
Here is a testimonial from one of our patients. She is a 42 year-old woman who enjoys playing tennis on a semi-competitive level.
"Shockwave Therapy truly changed my life. For years, I battled with the persistent pain of tennis elbow, a constant reminder of my love for playing tennis. The discomfort not only affected my athletic performance but seeped into my daily activities, making even simple tasks a challenge.
After trying various treatments and therapies over the years without significant relief, my chiropractor recommended a treatment plan that included Shockwave Therapy, Active Release Technique, and Exercises. Skeptical at first, I decided to give it a shot – and I'm so glad I did. From the very first session, I noticed a difference. The dull, persistent ache that accompanied me every day began to subside. Over a few weeks, the improvement was remarkable. Not only did the pain continue to diminish, but my overall arm strength and flexibility also started to return. I could finally pick up a racket without wincing. Now, several months post-treatment, I'm pain-free. Tennis is once again a joy, and I can carry out my daily activities without being hindered by nagging pain.”
As we continue to explore innovative solutions in the realm of medical technology, EPAT stands out as a game-changer for soft tissue injuries. Its non-invasive nature, quick sessions, and high success rates make it a compelling choice for those seeking effective and efficient relief from both acute and chronic pain. Whether you're a professional athlete, someone who enjoys recreational sports, or who’s work or hobbies include repetitive movements, consider EPAT as a promising option on your journey towards a pain-free and active lifestyle. Talk to one of our providers to see if EPAT is the right choice for you.