WHAT IS EPAT?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®) also known as Shock Wave Therapy, is the most advanced and highly effective noninvasive treatment method approved by the FDA. This proprietary technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. This non-invasive office/clinic based procedure represents a breakthrough treatment option for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions.
WHAT DISORDERS CAN BE TREATED?
Generally, acute or chronic muscle pain and/or tendon pain in neck, shoulder, elbow, back, foot and ankle. The most common conditions treated in the foot and ankle are plantar fasciitis (heel and/or arch pain), Achilles tendonitis, and other tendon/muscle pain.
WHAT ARE 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 ARE THE EXPECTED RESULTS?
The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®) are often experienced after only 3 treatments. Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin. The procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life. Most patients treated report to be pain-free and/or have significant pain reduction.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes. This FDA approved 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 test have confirmed its safety and efficacy. If performed by a qualified caregiver Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT®) has virtually no risks or side effects.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT PERFORMED?
Coupling gel is applied to the treatment area of interest to enhance effectiveness. After these preparations, EPAT® pressure waves are released via the applicator moved over the area of interest in a circular motion.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE TREATMENT AND HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Treatment sessions take approximately 5 minutes depending on the disorder to be treated. Generally, 3-5 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE TREATMENT/PROCEDURE?
You will receive post-treatment instructions from your Podiatrist to follow during your recovery.
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 performed in your Podiatrist’s office/clinic, does not require anesthesia, requires a minimal amount of time, patients can bear weight (i.e. walk) immediately, and return to normal activity on the day of the treatment.
BENEFITS OF NON-INVASIVE EPAT®
- Patients are immediately fully weight bearing.
- Bilateral patients can be treated at the same time.
- No incision – No risk of infection at the treatment site – No scar tissue formation.
- Patients are able to return to work/normal activities the same day of the procedure.
- Patients evaluated for success at 12 weeks.
- Non-invasive so biomechanics are not affected – future treatment options are not limited.
- Cost Effective
- Reduced conservative care – ends the cycle – Reduced after care and complications costs.
- Reduced cost from lost work.
- Fast, safe and effective.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
In the past, procedures similar to the EPAT costs thousands of dollars when performed in the operating room due facility requirements (size of the machine) and the need for an anesthesiologist. Today, this technology is available at a fraction of this cost and can be performed in office without the need for local or general anesthesia. Dr. Korpinen’s staff can provide a personalized pricing program. Some patients can use their “Flexible Payment Medical Savings Account” to cover the out of pocket expenses with pretax dollars.