WHAT IS EPAT?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT), also called Shockwave, treatment is an advanced non-invasive procedure that uses acoustic pressure waves for healing musculoskeletal pain. EPAT improves the regenerative potential in an area that has degenerated because of poor blood flow, tissue injury, overuse or weakness. It uses a unique set of acoustic pressure waves to stimulate metabolism, speed the healing process, and improve blood circulation. By improving blood flow to the injured tissue, EPAT can decrease pain, improve mobility and restore function. Your body’s own regeneration potential is harnessed to allow you to move freely again.
Treatment Duration and Frequency
Treatment sessions take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, at 3-4 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals, with some acute cases requiring 2 treatments a week for 3-4 weeks.
EPAT is not covered by insurance but can be paid for with most HSA and FSA accounts. The cost of the Shockwave is $190 per treatment.
Looking for some evidence? PubMed has thousands of studies on shockwave therapy, but here is a link to some more specific studies on shockwave therapy for the treatment of soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions.